HC-One confronts social isolation issue with friendship forging scheme

Gordan and Nelly

Care home giant EC-One is encouraging friendship and companionship amongst its residents to tackle social isolation through a new social scheme.

It is a priority for the group to promote the benefits of friendship between residents, with positive relationships proven to increase enjoyment of life and harmony within the home whilst building mutual trust.

Meadowbank’s Gordon received a letter from long-lost friend Nelly, asking if he could visit her in her care home in Radcliffe. The pair had first met 65 years ago when Gordon was serving in the army and spent a lot of time together over the years alongside Gordon’s wife.

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Staff at Meadowbank arranged with Nelly’s care home to bring the two together for a reunion.

Kelly Champkin, home manager at Meadowbank, said: “We set out early to get to the home and Gordon was so excited it brought tears to his eyes. When we got there he was so emotional and happy and Nelly was joking with him and said ‘you’re not the man I remember with all the grey hair. It was delightful to see the joy the reunion put on both of their faces.”

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