Let’s Get Tongues Wagging – Hairdressing Chatter in the Care Home

Hairdressing Salon – A time to chat …

It’s been wonderful to see the many creative achievements in care homes I have visited over the past few years.

The Hairdressing Salon is popular of course. We all like to have our ‘hair done’, even the gents – and as we know, the hairdresser’s salon is usually bright with activity and chatter.

So why not make a morning of it … Use this environment to the best advantage and add social prompts and meaningful wall art to help engage and entertain people, especially those people living with dementia. Nostalgic materials can prompt the long term memory and before we know it, we hear residents reminiscing, sharing stories and enhancing their sense of well-being.

Other ideas:

*Choose a sizeable room which can multi-task for social activity.

*Add 1960s style table and chairs for sharing social activities.

*Serve refreshments.

*Add some meaningful wall art: Faces we know or 50s/60s Fashion styles

*Engage a volunteer[s] to prompt and share conversations.

*Send a flyer to local houses for volunteers

*Have a trolley with different sized rollers for residents to touch, sort, count.

*Happy Days Themed Memory Box: Powder Room is bursting with curlers,

  tactile objects, memorabilia, postcards and photographs to share.

*Happy Days ‘Time to Chat’ conversation prompts are laminated – wipe clean

 and easily stored on a clip ring to hang up in a prominent place.

*Happy Days nostalgic materials include original 1960s Womans Own and

 Realm magazines, Replica Coronation and WWII newspapers and more

*1950s – 1960s – 1970s Robert Opie books are full of interesting images to

  enjoy. [please note, these are large books and may need a table top to view]

  Hair Salon - Happy Days Favourite Choice