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

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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Deciding where my mother should live after our father died was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make. As a family we looked at many homes and were very impressed when we got to Nazareth Lodge with is friendly and professional staff from senior managers to the carers. The carers at Nazareth Lodge are very special individuals, picked for their kindness and empathy.
The residents at Nazareth Lodge are all treated as individuals and can do as much or as little as they wish.

HS, Daughter

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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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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 husband is already a resident and I have spent two weeks in respite care. I have been wonderfully cared for and feel I have recovered very quickly. I cannot fault the staff, who are so caring and gentle and always cheerful. The food is lovely, well cooked and presented. There are plenty of activities organised and outings arranged for mobile residents. This is an excellent care home and its awards are well deserved.

JP, Respite Guest and Relative of Resident

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There is a lot of laughter there

JW, Volunteer Visitor

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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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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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I have to thank you especially for the care and support you all gave my father in his last few days. I have related stories to friends with elderly parents that your night staff for instance were singing with him during the long hours of darkness. They couldn't believe it.

JB, Son

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RW felt safe, he felt protected and he felt comforted by all that was done for him

DH, Friend

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She enjoyed many of the activities organised in the home and I smile at the memory of her being asked to hold back to allow others to answer some questions for the crossword etc!

Mrs T, Daughter

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Staff made it easy for us to visit and we always felt sure our mother was being well looked after with excellent food, impeccable hygiene and careful thought given to every aspect of what would be best for her individually.

Mr S D, Son

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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 am kept informed of my mother's health and what she has been doing and when I visit I always feel welcome and as cared for as her. It is a joy to go to Nazareth Lodge which makes a huge difference to us all. As a family, we are extremely happy with the care and attention my mother gets and it is wonderful that she is very content and we know she is safe and being well looked after.

HS, Daughter

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We felt that the judgement of Nazareth Lodge staff regarding our mother's health was trusted and appointments were readily arranged when required resulting in some of the best medical attention she ever received outside a hospital

Mr S D, Son

Contact Us

Nazareth Lodge
Penny Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1DE

01258 472511

care@nazareth-lodge.co.uk

manager@nazareth-lodge.co.uk