General industry statistics state that 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month. When choosing a care home for a family member, it is important to ensure that the location of the care home is reasonably close to family members and friends, so that the contact is not completely lost.
After Jack Crossley’s three sons toured around Plymouth for the best home for their dad that was still near to where his friends were, they decided that Greenacres would be the best choice. Almost three years later, Jack, 92 has no plans on going anywhere else.
"The best part of my day is when my friends come to visit in the morning and I entertain them with my singing. We always have a sing-a-long, which I usually take the lead with. I feel very lucky that I have made lots of friends here, including the friendly and hardworking staff."
Ensuring that each and every resident feels at home and receives the utmost care is at the top of Mannamead Care’s list. "We do the best we can to make sure that every resident knows that this home is their home. We encourage friends and family members of residents to participate in all meetings, join us on the trips out and eat together at meal times. We even arrange Skype calls if family members are too far away to visit. It is also very important to motivate families to talk to one another for support", says Karen Farouqa, Area Manager.
Greenacres understands that a great way to make the residents feel at home are foods that they like and that bring back earlier memories. The staff and residents have weekly meetings to discuss what everyone would like on the weekly menu. "After a day spent belting out my favourite song, or practicing for my position in the up and coming show, I love sitting down to a delicious plate of my favourite food; fresh bass", says Jack.
For anyone considering to make the move to Greenacres, Jack insists that "they couldn’t find better!"