Staff at Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge very quickly recognised resident Michael’s great talent for DIY. To keep Michael’s wonderful hobby going, they decided to buy him a flat pack set of shelves to put together, which brought him great joy for the afternoon and beyond.

Michael Goodair, age 82, lives with dementia, and having had a successful career as an engineer, it was clear that his passion and focus for DIY projects was still very strong. With the help of Barnes Lodge staff, he spent over an hour puting the shelves all together and did a wonderful job.

At Barnes Lodge, staff are big believers that living with dementia doesn’t mean you stop doing the things you enjoy. The activities are always varied, focusing on a range of things whether that is physical, mental, social or creative. The home understands that these types of activities help to improve the wellbeing of their residents, creating a happy atmosphere at Barnes Lodge.

Nicky Pett, General Manager at Barnes Lodge said: “It was just wonderful to see that side of Michael coming out, his focus was incredible. It was such a good idea to get him involved in activities such as this one as you can see how he just lights up and is so content.”