A 90-year-old who moved into a care home during the coronavirus pandemic says it has given her a new lease of life.
Former sweet shop owner, Jean Smith (pictured), moved into Ideal Carehomes’ Elworth Grange in Cheshire on 1 July.
Jean, who celebrated her 90th birthday at the home, said: “I decided to move into Elworth Grange on a temporary basis at first to see how I liked it. It turns out that I love everything about the home; the staff, activities and delicious food, so I have made the decision to become a permanent resident. I couldn’t be happier and I feel like I have my freedom back!
“Despite moving into care at such an uncertain time, the staff and the procedures in place to keep me safe have been meticulous and I cannot fault them. If anybody else is looking into care, I would say try it out for yourself and follow your gut instincts. I know I couldn’t find a team better than Elworth and I feel very settled here.”
Activities Co-ordinator, Frankie Durrant, said: “When Jean moved in, we sat together and chatted about all of her likes and dislikes and completed our ‘This is Me’ booklet, a unique initiative created by Ideal Carehomes to ensure the daily running of our home and activities programmes are person-centred and enjoyable for everyone – so far we have had a blast and I am looking forward to planning many more special events for our residents.”
Home Manager, Donna Cowell, added: “Jean is an incredibly special lady and it was extremely important to everybody at Elworth Grange that she settled into our home comfortably and felt very welcome. It has been our pleasure to organise her 90th birthday and it was a heart-warming moment to see her reunited with her family during a socially distanced garden visit to mark the event. I am looking forward to many more memories our team and residents make at Elworth Grange!”