Lincoln care home residents get their very own shopping village and cinema

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Residents of a Lincoln retirement home can now celebrate even more independence after staff unveiled their very own basement shopping village.

Monson Retirement Home on Monson Street, which has recently been awarded ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, officially opened its mini village on Wednesday, December 20.

The care home cafe, Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The village offers a reading café, a nails and beauty shop, hairdressing salon and gift shop.

A cinema within the building named Ritz Theatre, has also been refurbished in the art deco style.

Cutting the ribbon was Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Chris Burke. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Staff and some residents who have volunteered, will be overseeing the shops and cinema, at ‘minimum cost’ to the residents.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Frances Turner, Office Manager at Monson Retirement Home told The Lincolnite: “We have spent several thousands of pounds on this project in order to promote further independence, wellbeing and a sense of purpose for our residents within the retirement home.

“Residents will have more independence and be able to express their choices daily, by popping into the reading café to enjoy a cup of tea and cake, while choosing a book to read or a chat.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“A visit to the nails and beauty shop, book appointment with the hairdressing salon, or have a look around the Original Emporium, to shop for those essentials, or pick something up at the gift section.

“The Ritz Theatre, now newly refurbished in the art deco style, is the chance to watch a good film while being served popcorn, ice creams and sweets by an usher during the interval.”