An old-fashioned sweet shop is helping dementia sufferers and other residents of a Dundee care home to relive a forgotten time in their lives.
Forebank Nursing Home has set up a sweet shop selling forgotten favourites and over the past five months it has been proving beneficial to residents.
Jars of everything from sherbet lemons to raspberry bonbons feature in the shop, which is open in the mornings.
The residents choose which treats they would like to have stocked and the favourites are the raspberry ruffles and bonbons.
Jim Harris, 82, said he looks forward to going up to buy his sweets every day a stark contrast to the olden days when he remembers getting two ounces a week on his rations.
The sweets are not the only things from a bygone era as the staff have worked hard to obtain an old-fashioned till as well as an old set of scales and an ice-cream machine.
Home manager Karen Richardson said: “There are a lot of benefits. When people come in and see all the sweets from their generation it brings back memories.
“There is quite a lot of remembering goes on when they come in and you hear all sorts of stories.”
Former shop worker Ann Cosgrove, 83, enjoyed playing shop behind the counter, which is usually manned by care home staff.
She said: “Many moons ago I worked in a shop and I’ve also got a sweet tooth.”
The director of the home, Debbie Douglas, said: “The sweet shop was something we had been speaking about for ages and we had the separate room.
“We just wanted the residents to come and feel they are out doing their own shopping. Any money it brings in just goes back into buying more sweets.”