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Fairway View Care Home Residents Give New Dads Their Honest Advice on Parenthood this Father’s Day

Published: Friday 19th June 2020

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Staff and residents at Fairway View care home in Bulwell have been sharing their advice and special memories about raising their children this Father’s Day.

The gents will be enjoying an afternoon watching their favourite movies in the homes cinema room, with a choice of snack and drinks. Staff have also prepared goody bags to be handed out as Father’s Day gifts that include fluffy socks, a box of chocolates and a bottle of beer.

Arthur Parker, 87, who recently celebrated his 63rd wedding anniversary with the help of the Fairway team, has 2 children, two grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Arthur spent his life working as a boy scout leader and he believes this has influenced how he has raised his children. He said, ‘If I had to summarise what I think the most important thing is to teach your children… in one word, respect! I think it is incredibly important’.

Arthur adds, ‘Parenting can be extremely difficult and frustrating at times, so I think new dads should prepare to have their patience tested, however, never lose your temper or shout – it is far better to have a calm, open and honest conversation’.

Deputy Manager, Andrew Naylor, has worked at Fairway View since 2014 and has two children. Andrew firmly believes that children grow up far too fast and parents should cherish the time they have with them. Andy said, ‘I think the best thing about being a dad is having someone who looks up to you and thinks you are their hero’.

John Ridge, 89, has three children, and thinks having a family of your own is one of the greatest gifts a man can receive. John believes open and honest communication between everyone in the family is the key to happiness. He said, ‘I wish my children nothing but happy marriages and great lives’.

Jonathan Almond, Caretaker at Fairway View, has three children and thinks that one of the most valuable lessons a father can teach his children would be to be a leader and not a follower. Jonathan said, ‘I think that parents tend to forget they were children once. It is important to try and see things from their prospective and show them that you are going to support them no matter what they do.’.

Home Manager Dorothy Mbulo, said, ‘Father’s Day is always such a special time at Fairway View, and it will be no different this year. We will make a big fuss of all our gents and we have lots of ways to make sure that they are in contact with their loved ones.’

Fairway View operated by Ideal Carehomes has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission. The home provides 24-hour residential care for 41 residents, providing high-quality personalised care on an inclusive fee basis. Residents at Fairway View can enjoy the home’s state of the art facilities, which include a hair salon, cinema room and landscaped gardens, as well as a packed schedule of entertainment organised by a dedicated activities team. For more information about Fairway View, contact Dorothy on 0115 975 8770 or click here.