Age & Attitude

Age & Attitude

The role of the grandparent has come into focus again over the last 10 - 20 years as couples turn to alternatives to expensive child care and the older, retired generation find themselves regenerated to being in loco parentis once again. This is, of course, what used to happen before our society exploded and when life was spent geographically and emotionally in family units.

However, it is also interesting, but perhaps not surprising, that with this change in the role of grandparents has come new research into the positive effects of relationships between the elderly and the young. A recent article by Catrin Hedd Jones, Lecturer in Dementia Studies at Bangor University explores the idea that the ‘book end’ generations (the elderly and the young) have much to offer each other. Perhaps this explains why there are increasing numbers of institutions which combine early education centres near or in residential homes.

So, it was with this in mind that Nazareth Lodge Residential Care Home and Clayesmore School have set up their visiting schemes. Sixth form students visit every week and spend time with the residents talking about their experiences, but more often listening to what they see as fascinating accounts of the lives of their older companions.

Ben, a 17 year old regular, talks animatedly on the way back to school about the fact that the frail resident who sits dwarfed by the wings of the armchair can remember the first World War, the emancipation of women and the impact of rock and roll!

Driving the minibus back to school on Wednesday afternoons, I am proud of the teenagers who not only volunteer their time, but also who have come to recognise that these moments with residents who are four or five times their age are precious to the residents and to them.

Teenagers do not always get a good press (and never have done), but this weekly meeting on Wednesday afternoons proves what those of us who work with teenagers already know: that they are capable of surprising us! It also reminds me that the wisdom and knowledge of the older members of our society is not something that should be kept secret. The residents who have chosen to take part in these visits are clearly revitalised by them. The opportunity for an elderly person to hold centre stage with a group of 2-4 sixth form students and regale them with their life experience is a joy to observe.

However, it is not only the older students who are a temporary part of the Nazareth Lodge life. Children from the pre-prep come to entertain the residents. The 6 year olds who sang at Christmas delighted the residents and we hope that this will become a regular event.

This is such an important initiative for the students of all ages and we hope that the residents of Nazareth Lodge enjoy their weekly visit from the youngsters. What everyone gets from the visits is, perhaps, intangible, but it is essential.

Added: 20th December 2018

Testimonials

The last few weeks have been, to say the least, a bit of a roller coaster for my mother in law. For this period to end in the haven of Nazareth Lodge has seen our prayers answered and we could not be more grateful. Thank You.

Mr S, Relative

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The staff care about the residents, showing them respect, kindness and an understanding of their individual needs

JW, Volunteer Visitor

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A thank you would in no way suffice for the reassurance and peace that everyone helped to give to me and others during the eight months that RW was with you.

Doug Horlock, friend

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Social occasions at Nazareth Lodge were a treat and showed us just how everyone worked together cheerfully to provide the happiest possible environment.

Mr S D, Son

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When we first visited it seemed more like arriving at a small hotel or private house with the warmth of the welcome and reassurance this provided

Mr S D, Son

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Everyone has a friendly, caring approach and there is nothing that is too much trouble

MB, Respite Guest

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D particularly enjoyed the daily activities and was always very complimentary about the variety and quality of the meals.

RP and SP, Relatives

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I would like to thank you and everyone at Nazareth Lodge for the care you took of my cousin. It was so reassuring to know she was in safe hands. Thank you and your staff also who came to her service last Friday. It meant a lot.

FG, family of resident

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As a retired District Nurse of some years experience I was encouraged to discover such a well run home as Nazareth Lodge when we moved to the area some years ago.

Beryl Shaw, friend and retired District Nurse

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Thank you for inviting me to your Vintage Tea Party. It was a delightful occasion and delicious tea! It is yet one more evidence of what a nurturing, caring home you provide for the fortunate people who live at Nazareth Lodge.

KM

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My father is being very well cared for and we have absolutely no cause for any complaint. The staff are wonderfully caring, patient and understanding. They always have time for each individual resident and for relatives, always ensuring that we, as visitors, are well looked after and are made to feel welcome. Would have no problem in recommending the home to others. Thank you, Nazareth Lodge, you deserve your CQC Outstanding recognition.

RP, Relative

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I have spoken with my brother and sister and it goes almost without saying that we are extremely grateful to all the staff at Nazareth Lodge for the way in which they looked after our mother. We are not surprised by the award of an outstanding classification and no doubt a lot was due to the standard of care provided by the staff. 

Mr W, Relative

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Thank you so much for the love, support and care you have given both to DF and us his family in the last two weeks and making David's time with you comfortable and dignified, particularly in his last moments.

Family of DF

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Nazareth Lodge encourages a wide range of activities and outings - although my mother seemed to spend most of her time getting her hair done and having massages!

TC, Relative

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There is a lot of laughter there

JW, Volunteer Visitor

Contact Us

Nazareth Lodge
Penny Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1DE

01258 472511

care@nazareth-lodge.co.uk

manager@nazareth-lodge.co.uk