Published: Tuesday 20th December 2016
All 15 Ideal Carehomes’ hosted a community Christmas lunch this month for local older people who may be lonely or isolated. It is estimated that for 17% of older people, contact with family, friends and neighbours is less than once a week, and this is especially difficult during the Christmas period. Each home therefore invited those who may feel alone to join their residents to enjoy some quality time with likeminded people, participating in good old conversation and fun activities.
Regional Director, Allison Boyle, said, “We are aware of what a huge issue loneliness is at any time of year, but it is particularly sad when older people feel alone at Christmas time. We wanted to do something for the local community and thought a festive Christmas lunch would be great fun. Each home had their own take on the day, but there was loads going on, festive food, activities, jolly singalongs! All our residents loved it and we are pleased to play our part in helping the wider loneliness issue.”
As well as the lunch, each home provided an opportunity for visitors to participate with the residents in various activities. Connie Roberts, a resident at Ash Tree House in Wigan for over a year, said “It was lovely, especially the singer. It’s good to make new friends, especially at Christmas, it can get lonely for people on their own.”
The meal and entertainment was provided free of charge for the people who attended and there are always similar events going on where residents can benefit from meeting new local people. Each home is committed to offering their residents aspirational lifestyle choices and an active social environment with events, trips and daily activities on offer.