Food and music – caring for people with dementia the Caribbean way

A care home manager has created an African-Caribbean cultural setting for her residents.

She says it makes life easier and “less frightening” for people with a Caribbean background with dementia.

When someone has dementia, creating a familiar setting can “really make a difference to their day”, said Valerie Paragon who runs Mary Street Extra Care Service in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

Music, food, and even “a little bit of rum” are among the changes Mrs Paragon has made to make residents feel more at home.

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