A specialist dementia care home has been gifted specialist books to engage and entertain patients.

Abbeyfield House Care Home in Clitheroe received the donation of specialist hardback books from housebuilder Miller Homes as part of an ongoing pledge by the company to support the local communities.

The books have been produced by a company called ‘Pictures to Share’ are designed to engage and entertain people with mid to later stage dementia.

They can be used to help reduce feelings of depression, isolation and agitation and can help to promote meaningful and enjoyable communication with friends, family and carers.

Book topics range from memories of 1950s and 1960s, to pets, gardens and the seaside.

Other recent activities included donating Amazon Fire tablets to local primary school, St James’ C of E in Clitheroe – supporting the pupils whilst they worked from home.

Anita Sorrell, Activities Co-ordinator at Abbeyfield House said, “Our residents have really enjoyed looking through these books, they have stirred many memories of days long past, and have certainly started many a conversation of happy times.

“Thank you Miller Homes for the kind donation, I’m sure they will continue to be valued by our residents in the future.”

Sales Director at Miller Homes North West, Clare Noakes, added: “We will continue to support the members of the Clitheroe community, young and old, as we bring new homes to the region at our Montague Place development.”

The housing company is currently working on a new development site on Montague Place, which is brining over 100 new homes to the area.