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Artist in residence week at Rose Lodge


Anna Maria Marzec-Smith at Rose Lodge, Exmouth

Anamaria at Rose Lodge

The appreciation of beauty in all its shapes and forms is something that remains with people well into the later stages of dementia.

We have already incorporated this insight into our regular activities programme, and this week we are pushing the boat out a little further with our ‘Artist in residence’ week.


Anamaria Marzec-Smith, a young art student at Leeds Art College (you know the one that Damien Hirst went to) has been living with us and producing art around a theme of ‘the face of dementia’.


Anamaria created a couple of abstract paintings before she stayed at Rose Lodge, and these now have pride of place in our music room (We called this the quiet lounge before but with a 70’s organ in the room that has become a bit of a misnomer!)


Anna's painting in music room

Anamaria's painting in music room


Anna's painting in Music Room

Anamaria's painting in Music Room

We will post some more pictures of her work at Rose Lodge next week.


Pub Quiz today

Pub quiz
Pub quiz

The Pub quiz was really well attended this week, and it is now firmly established as a very popular fixture in our weekly calendar. It was wonderful to also see a few of the relatives joining in the fun…

Behind the scenes

new store room at Rose Lodge

new store room at Rose Lodge

It’s not all glamour and fun at Rose Lodge, and we have been busy behind the scenes to improve the working environment for our wonderful care team.

Over the past few months we have been working hard to make the best use of the space we have available at Rose Lodge. Earlier in the year we re-organised the medication and laundry cupboards which is making life easier for the care team. Happy carers make for happy residents!

Over the past few weeks we turned our attention to our other storage areas. With three different storage cupboards things were forever ending up in the wrong place, so we stripped down our largest storage cupboard and refitted it with custom built shelving so our equipment and consumables now have their proper place.  And with a coded key access to the new storage cupboard it means everything is put away securely and not posing a risk to any resident who might otherwise wander in accidentally.

It looks a bit like a swedish sauna, don’t you think ?

Over the next month we will be converting the two redundant cupboards into a (small!) admin office, which then will allow us to bring our current over-sized office back to its original use, which is a resident’s bedroom, and this will enable one of the people on the waiting list to join our little community.

Cooking and gardening clubs today…


We harvested and cleaned some oinions

As part of our revamped activities programme, we are putting more emphasis on occupational activities, the kinds of things that people would do at home as part of their daily lives. On Wednesdays we have our cooking and gardening clubs, and this is what we did today.

Making scones for Saturday's picnic

Making scones for Saturday's picnic

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

icre creams...

ice creams...

Shell composition by resident

Shell composition by resident

There was a seaside theme to our ‘creative movement’ afternoon today, complete with shells, seaside sounds, and ice creams of course!