Re­tire­ment home pro­vides so­lu­tion to se­cu­rity prob­lem


AMONG many con­sid­er­a­tions is the real ne­ces­sity for safety; at Sher­wood House we pro­vide the so­lu­tion to this prob­lem. A move to a re­tire­ment flat or to more shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion might be the an­swer – but only if an el­derly per­son does not re­quire around-the- clock care. If you are look­ing for the right care home, it is like look­ing for the right school for your child.

You go by feel. Even in the ex­pen­sive homes, the qual­ity of care is what counts. Find­ing the right home usu­ally en­tails look­ing at many. Some­times older peo­ple stay in care homes for respite when their fam­i­lies are away on hol­i­day. There is no bet­ter way of get­ting a good idea of the care and char­ac­ter of a home. Al­ways ask ques­tions. Good home man­agers and ma­trons un­der­stand the deep emo­tions be­hind choos­ing to give up your home.

Older peo­ple will in­creas­ingly play a crit­i­cal role – through vol­un­teer work, trans­mit­ting ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge, help­ing their fam­i­lies with car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in the paid labour force. Re­mem­ber, peo­ple over the age of 70 were born be­fore the start of World War II. In their youth, they had dif­fer­ent lives, so an op­por­tu­nity to have the gen­er­a­tions learn from each other should be grasped.

When asked to speak as a guest about any mem­ber of this group, I am al­ways care­ful to con­sult many peo­ple to ob­tain back­ground in­for­ma­tion on the long ex­pe­ri­ence and his­tory of these lives. On delv­ing into more than half a cen­tury of times gone by, an in­ter­est­ing and ful­filed pic­ture emerges. So, to­day, do think about the rich, long lives that our older peo­ple are hav­ing, and cel­e­brate.

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