A TRAVELLING tuck shop upcycled from a medication trolley is giving Merseyside care home residents a touch of retail therapy.
The trolley was transformed into a treasure trove of sweet treats, savoury snacks and delicious drinks by residents and staff at Aaron Grange Care Home, on Blacklow Brow, Huyton.
After an unused medication trolley was no longer needed, the home’s activities coordinator Amy Muscatelli came up with the idea of turning it into a tuck shop on wheels.
Resident Roger Carter spray painted the trolley to give it a fresh new look and then Amy stocked it with a variety of refreshments and snacks, as well as toiletries.
The trolley is wheeled around to residents on a daily basis so they can enjoy a spot of shopping in comfort.
Amy said: “Who doesn’t love to indulge in some sweet treats now and again? And to have the choice and independence to buy their own essential shopping such as toiletries and snacks is great for the residents.
“They have really enjoyed being able to buy from the tuck shop. It has put a smile on everyone’s faces. All the money goes towards building up our residents’ funds.”
Resident Dennis King said: “The choice is really good and it’s something I really look forward to throughout the day.”
Fellow resident Thomas Glynn said: “The sweet jars remind me of back in the day when I used to buy a quarter of my favourite sweets at my local corner shop.”
Roger, the resident who spray painted the trolley, added: “I was thrilled to have got stuck in with the maintenance of the trolley. We used protective face masks while we spray painted and I think everyone’s done a brilliant job.”
Resident George Macklin said: “It looks really good and a very clever idea.”
Sarah Davies, home manager at Aaron Grange Care Home, said: “Everyone has done a great job on the tuck trolley. It’s something the residents look forward and it’s definitely given everyone a boost.”