A dementia friendly barber in Northern Ireland
Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, Lenny started cutting hair of male care home residents when his friend invited him to the care home where she worked at.
“That was how it all started. I brought my little jukebox and played some old classics for the men and just watching and listening to them singing along brought back the good feeling I remembered from when I used to work i n a care home in my teens. Since November my business has grown faster than I could have imagined.”
On a busy day. Lenny can do 16 residents visiting care homes within a 30 miles radius of where he lives. As his work piled up, Alzheimer’s Society put him in touch with Radius Housing where he did specialist dementia training.
“When I get to the care home, there is a list waiting for me of who I will see that day. I make it a whole barber experience so there is fresh lemon scent in the room and music. I put on old classics by Elvis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra on a jukebox I bring with me. I also bring hot towels, barber shop signs and old photographs. It creates a relaxed atmosphere and the men really enjoy it.”
Lenny is now planning a franchise of this business called Dementia Friendly Barbers.
“There are so many men who need this and I can’t cover them all.”
The franchise model will start in Northern Ireland but he hopes to spread it out across the UK. To find out more about Lenny go to:
Scissor Hand, 4 July 2017.