With loneliness becoming an ever-growing problem amongst elderly people, many move into care to try and solve this complex challenge. One care centre overcoming the difficult experience of loneliness is Mannamead Care.
After Sheila Holland’s family made the difficult decision to move her to Greenacres, knowing that she would be well looked after, 10 months on Sheila has not stopped having fun. Surrounded by a happy and welcoming community of residents and staff, no one day is without laughter.
"Dinnertime and sitting down to a meal of fish and chips with my friends is my favourite part of the day. We often spend hours chatting, laughing and joking with the staff, who look after me very well. I especially enjoy when my daughter visits me and gets involved with the craft sessions, quizzes, bingo and dominos", says Sheila.
Guaranteeing that residents are constantly socialising is Area Manager, Karen Farouqa: "The care we provide at all the care homes makes us different. To support each resident, prior to them joining us, we find out their history, previous jobs, likes, dislikes and what makes each one of them happy – socialising is always on their list!"
Greenacres provides unique activities for the residents to take part in, specifically the four legged friends: "We have our own guinea pigs, ‘the girls’. They are lovely to stroke and love attention. Greenacres is a very nice place; I wouldn’t like to be anywhere else but here", explains Sheila.