Author: Gareth Bellamy

Marathon runner fundraising for Friends of the Elderly
Helping older people in need with our grants-giving service

Posted on 30 September 2021

In this blog post, I am very proud to highlight the amazing work of our grant-giving service. As a charity, we run care homes and services which support older people, but equally as important is our grants service, which supports older people who are in financial crisis and urgently need our help. Since the charity…

Social Care Digital Pathfinders Programme, funded by NHS Digital at Friends of the Elderly
How new technology is helping us improve care in our homes

Posted on 27 August 2021

Hello, and welcome to the third episode of my Friends of the Elderly blog. This month, I’d like to talk to you about the new technology we have installed and rolled out throughout our care homes which is providing additional safety, security and reassurance for our residents, their families and loved ones – and our…

Young female medic talking with elderly woman at care home
Why respite care can be an essential part of your caring routine

Posted on 28 July 2021

Hello, and welcome to my second blog instalment. In this piece I would like to talk to you about respite care, an important service that we provide across all our care homes at Friends of the Elderly. Respite care is a temporary stay for an older person in a care home. The stay may be…

Elderly man using a laptop to stay in touch
How our digital connectivity grants are keeping people connected

Posted on 28 July 2021

As countries around the world locked down in response to Covid-19, the need for new ways to connect and interact with older generations has become painfully clear. At Friends of the Elderly we recognise that technology, while no substitute for direct contact, can alleviate feelings of loneliness and help provide a sense of comfort and…