Forget Me Not becomes first dementia friendly restaurant in the town

To make the town more accessible to people living with dementia and their carers, the council and West Herts College introduced the town’s first intergenerational dementia friendly restaurant...

Published: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 Forget me not restaurant 9

The exciting partnership will continue for the foreseeable future, with the restaurant opening on the last Thursday of every month (excluding school holidays) from 12noon to 2pm. To ensure diners have a relaxed and pleasant experience, catering students at West Herts College’s Forget Me Not Restaurant have taken their time to become Dementia Friends before launching this dining experience, to help provide dementia-friendly customer service and understand the challenges facing people with dementia.

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Dining out is an important social activity for many people. For those living with dementia, however, going out to eat can be stressful and overwhelming. Understanding what it is like to live with dementia will help the students alleviate many issues, such as helping to narrow possible options in ordering. Restaurant professionals and wait staff are likely to encounter customers with dementia in the course of their work. In fact, 70 percent of people with dementia live within the community rather than in an adult care facility.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “Living with Dementia can make doing everyday things in life, like going to a restaurant or a cafe, very challenging. That’s why we should do all we can to make small changes to life easier for the over one thousand people living in our town with Dementia and their carers. I’m delighted that West Herts College are supporting our Dementia Friendly Town initiative. I’d like to thank the staff and students at West Herts College will be hopefully making a difference to the lives of people living with Dementia in our town.”

The cost is £6 for three courses. To book a table for you or your family / friends at the restaurant, please call Marie on 01923 812464 or email reservations@westherts.ac.uk. Find out more about Watford’s Dementia Friendly Community at dementiafriendlywatford.com. To find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend, visit dementiafriends.org.uk

The project is funded by Hertfordshire County Council through their new health and wellbeing service 'Healthy Hubs'. 

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Copyright (Photos from Alfie Bainbridge and Harvey Keen from West Herts College)

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