In Surrey, residents at Orford House, our Coulsdon-based residential care home, have been sharing their thoughts and love of living at the care home, enjoying all the varied activities, wonderful meaningful interactions and each other’s company.
The Orford House care team started the New Year on a loving note, getting the residents engaged in creating and designing pretty paper hearts for individual, very special, heart-felt messages. The residents were asked a question – ‘Why Do You Love Your Care Home?’ and the answers to this special question were then written on their beautifully crafted paper hearts.
“Orford House, like all the Charity’s care homes, has a wide and varied range of meaningful activities designed to suit and fulfil all our residents’ physical and emotional needs,” said Michelle Kennett, the Registered Manager at Orford House.“All our activities are all tailored to our residents’ individual likes, hobbies, preferences, favourite pastimes and interests; as we like to make sure each individual feels included, motivated and engaged.”
On her heart, Judy Hyde, who has been a resident at Orford House since June 2023 wrote: “I love my care home because I feel at peace.” Another resident, 93-year-old Gloria Cheeseman inscribed: “I love my care home because there is no place like home at Orford House.”
“Seeing all the wonderful words of the thoughts and feelings of our residents, was so special. It’s wonderful to know that our residents feel happy, safe, well cared for and loved,” added Michelle.
Iris Flint, who has been an Orford House resident for one year added: “I love my care home because I feel at ease.”
“The answers we received to the question ‘I Love My Care Home because’ demonstrate just how happy and content our residents are. We couldn’t ask for more. Their responses were so heart-warming and heart-felt,” continued Michelle.
Cheeky Reg Curtis, who has been a resident at Orford House for one and half years added: “I love my care home because it is safe and comfortable – and I love all the lady staff!”
“At Friends of the Elderly, we use our person-centred approach to creating all our meaningful activities. We pay attention to our residents, listen to what they like to do, when they like to do it.
“Everyone at both Orford House is so pleased our residents are happy, know they are well-cared for, are loved and enjoying life, every day,” Michelle concluded.