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.