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Bay FM to record ‘Dot’s diary’ at Rose Lodge 14 April

On Thursday 14 April, Bay FM will be recording  their “Dot’s diary” programme at Rose Lodge, from 10.30 am to 12.30 am. Dot will chat with the residents and relatives about some of their favourite memories and music. The programme will be transmitted on FM during the Exmouth Festival week  (26 May to 3rd June)

…Those actors from Rose Lodge….

There was a retired professional actor in the audience at the theatre shows this weekend. After the show the approached the organiser Maslen George. “I am organising a little theatre tour and I wonder if those actors from Rose Lodge would like to join me on the tour”.   

Comments like these invite us to see our residents in a different light. We are so used to ‘caring for’ our residents that we have to remind ourselves sometimes of the wonderful talents that they have. I certainly would be terrified of going on stage, and watching them do this so confidently was an incredible experience. 

What a perfect show


A few of us outside the theatre

Mr Hespin and Maslen George on Stage

A jolly knees-up on stage

Miss Councell and Maslen George on stage

Well the theatre show at the Blackmore Theatre was a roaring succcess. A number of residents attended the performances on Saturday and Sunday, and two of our residents were on the stage delighting the audience on both days. It turns out that ‘being on stage’ is a bit like other experts skills such as singing, gardening, polishing shoes etc, in that people can retain those expert skills well into their dementia. Both our residents looked like fish in the water and were obviously enjoying themselves tremendously. Just look at these pictures! 

Curtains, lights, ACTION!

Two of our residents participated in the rehearsals for this weekend’s show at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth. It was pure magic!

Why am I here ?

G is sitting on the terrace after lunch, enjoying this fine September day. He calls me over.


“Where am I ?          “You’re at Rose Lodge”

“What’s that ?”     “It’s a place where we look after people who are forgteful”

“And how long have I been here ?”     “Oh about a month” G looks puzzled

“I didn’t know”   “Yes you forgot – that’s why you are here – do you recognise me ?”

“Never seen you before”     “I have known you for a month now – I think you forget”. He nods

“I bet you remember what happened a long time ago”     “Yes I do”

“Can you remember what you had for lunch today ?”    “No idea – very strange”

I know it must be quite confusing – you wake up every day not knowing where you are”     “Yes very strange”

“So that is why you are here – because you forget”    He nods and smiles.    “OK”