L&M healthcare won 'Art Installation of the year' at the Design in Mental Health Awards 2018 for our Seaside Living Wall at Whittle Hall in Warrington. It was designed, hand made and installed by Little Islands. Not only is our wall beautiful to look at, it is used to stimulate fond memories of the seaside through, sound, sight, smell and touch. Residents, staff and visitors alike absolutely love it. No one can walk past it without touching it and everyone who sees it can’t help smiling.
We kind of knew from the first conversation that we was going to get something very special and, we did!
The legacy of the work Little Islands have done for Willowbrook is to raise the quality of the environment and create resources that make a difference to the quality of life we can bring to the clients each day and, a sense of value for the staff to work in an environment that is unique and positive.Their imagination and creativity was inspiring and the level of details in their craftsmanship was outstanding.
We were so pleased with our first Jolly Trolley purchase that we bought three more! Now all homes in our group have them. They make such a difference to our residents; they encourage reminiscence, movement and participation, bring a lot of fun and laughter, and can form the basis of a lot of activity planning. Being mobile makes them so versatile, we can use them anywhere inside or out.
The reminiscence and music functions have been very beneficial for all our residents, but we have found particularly those with dementia and also our new residents whom upon arrival can feel quite alone and isolated. One new gentleman was very reluctant to engage or socialise with anyone when he first arrived but we soon had him enjoying a sing-along on the microphone belting out Queen and feeling like part of our little community. We would definitely recommend Little Islands and their fantastic Jolly Trolley to anyone looking to enrich the lives of their residents.
The Jolly Trolley is quite simply the best money we have ever spent on resident enrichment! Well-designed, beautifully made and simple to use, we particularly like the fact that you can change the theme to suit the occasion and because it is fully mobile we can use it in any part of the home, whether that is an individual’s room for some quiet reminiscence and music or one of the communal areas where we have played bingo, held head scratching quizzes, had afternoon tea parties and sing-alongs...
The trolley has brought our staff and residents together as it has made it easier for staff and residents to interact on a social level. This year’s Christmas party was by far the best we have had yet, senior management, staff and residents all enjoying a good old knees up with karaoke, dancing and lots of laughter - The best medicine of all!
The Jolly Trolley is an absolute breath of fresh air
We LOVE the Jolly Trolley! It’s a fantastic idea which has had a massive benefit to all our residents and our staff too. The physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our residents are all being really well catered for. It’s been so easy to encourage everyone to socialise and to get everyone singing along and up on their feet dancing. It is being used every day for all sorts of activities from themed dances, karaoke sessions and exercise classes.
The residents with dementia have particularly benefited from the reminiscence programmes and their favourite music. We have found it has really calmed down and relaxed upset residents and given them their sense of wellbeing back. It’s also been a great ice breaker for new residents too and helped them to socialise more easily and integrate into the home community more quickly. The staff too are really benefiting from using the Jolly Trolley. After a fortnight's holiday over Christmas I normally worry about what activities our residents have been taking part in and about their wellbeing, but this year I need not have worried. I returned to find everyone enthusing over what a fantastic and busy time they had all had. I couldn’t have expected a better response than we have had.