I just had to post this photograph.  It’s of Beth, the manager of our care home in Framland.  I know she’s wonderful because someone who’s helped a frail elderly friend to become a resident there recently emailed me to tell me so.  Him, and dozens of others, I should add.  It also happens to be one of the best photographs taken of Beth!  But as well as being a good picture, it shows the happiness of the resident standing next to her.

There are no lonely people in our care homes.  We try hard to make sure there are no lonely relatives, either, because we try to make them feel at home too, and come and spend as much time as they can with their loved one in the home.  Staff don’t wear uniforms, to keep the atmosphere as homely as possible.

So this is what not being lonely looks like.

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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