Male carers create salon for dementia residents in lockdown

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that can raise a smile.

And one care home has nailed this philosophy in lockdown by boosting their residents’ self-esteem with a spot of pampering.

Church Farm Care in Nottinghamshire – who offer specialist dementia and palliative care – have created a ‘salon’ for those unable to attend appointments with local hairdressers.

Cosmetics company giants Schwarzkopf have generously donated two pallets of hair care and styling products to the residence, to help the amateur stylists.

Staff member Danut-Ioan Rabatin said: “All of the best hairdressers are men like Vidal Sassoon and Nicky Clarke. So we took inspiration from them!

“Seeing my residents’ faces happy when they have their hair done makes me happy.

“I love my job and I’ll continue to do my very best.”

Colleague Patrick Atkinson added: “All the male carers wanted to show they could do it and that it didn’t have to always be female carers to do this kind of activity.

“One resident, Margaret, her first response was: ‘You’re not my normal hairdresser!’, but all of the residents really enjoyed having their hair done.”

Church Farm at Rusticus is the newest member of the award-winning Church Farm Care Group of nursing homes, a small family run business.

All their homes proudly follow the principle that the person living with them ‘always comes first, ensuring wellbeing and happiness is a priority’.