Meridian Healthcare

Plea for Reminiscence Objects

Press Release   •   Feb 07, 2012 13:08 GMT

The Oakes care home in Huddersfield is calling for help to capture more memories from Huddersfield’s sporting past to help its residents in the present.

The state-of-the-art care home, which opens in April, is creating a sporting ‘wall of fame’ and memory boxes containing a mixture of objects relating to the town’s football and rugby heritage that will soon get a conversation flowing between residents. These nostalgic, thought provoking areas are important for older people, especially those with early onset Alzheimer’s or dementia.  It is highly beneficial to a sufferer’s inner self and their interpersonal skills. 

Manager Mark Birchenough needs your help to gather more sporting memorabilia from the past to create our reminiscence boxes. This is a plea for any objects which you feel would be appropriate for adding to this handling collection.  “There are certain areas that we are concentrating on, such as: old programmes, ticket stubs, shorts, scarves, hats, photographs, postcards. Unfortunately we are not able to accept anything which you require back as the items will be handled regularly by residents. However some items you may think of as rubbish may actually be just what we are looking for!  So if you are in any doubt, please give us a call.”

The sporting ‘wall of fame’ and our memory boxes will be available for the public to see during The Oakes care home public open days on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, 11am - 3pm.  

If you have any items you think could be added to the collection, please can you contact Mark Birchenough on or telephone Meridian Healthcare on 0161 368 9099 and ask for Natalie

About Meridian Healthcare

Meridian Healthcare grew out of local authority roots, starting with a small number of homes transferred into the independent sector by Tameside Council. With the support of staff, some of whom are shareholders in the business, the organisation has gradually acquiried and built care homes to its own exceptionally high standards. Meridian now own 28 care homes with the 29th scheduled to complete in mid April 2012.  Meridian Healthcare are also under contract to provide short stay dementia services for Oldham Council at the recently re-opened Limecroft Care Centre in Oldham.

Meridian's latest development is The Oakes in Huddersfield, which is scheduled to open in April 2012.