‘It’s good for dad to go and meet other peo­ple’

Macclesfield Express - - HANDS OFF HOLLINS VIEW -

CLIF­FORD Og­den, 95, at­tends Hollins View for respite care.

He has de­men­tia and lives alone at Wyke­ham Chase. His daugh­ter Jean Ben­nett, from Bro­ken Cross, vis­its ev­ery day and he has car­ers visit twice a day.

The for­mer joiner, who has a great-great­grand­child, 15 great­grand­chil­dren and 14 grand­chil­dren, stays at Hollins View when his daugh­ter goes away.

Clif­ford said: “I like to play the pi­ano and am able to do that at Hollins View, the ladies there lis­ten and I en­joy play­ing for them, they can sing-along if they want.

“The peo­ple there can play cards or games like dominoes and en­joy some mu­sic.

“It’s a very good place to go, it’s com­fort­able and the meals there are good.

“It gets me out and about and that’s so im­por­tant for peo­ple like me. I can still get about on my feet and want to keep do­ing that for as long as I can. I can talk to the peo­ple there so it’s good for them too to keep their minds go­ing.

“I feel sorry for peo­ple who can’t get out.

“If I didn’t have Hollins View I would have to find some­where else to go, but I like Hollins View and don’t want it to shut.”

His daugh­ter Jean said: “Dad went to Hollins View for five days in Au­gust and two weeks last month. He goes there when I go away so I don’t have to worry about him. I come back and his be­long­ings are washed and he’s been well cared for.

“It’s a break for me, it’s so im­por­tant to be able to recharge your bat­ter­ies, but also it’s a break for dad. It’s good for him to go some­where else and see other peo­ple. It’s not just for peo­ple with de­men­tia, it’s for peo­ple with long-term health con­di­tions and frail el­derly.”

●● Clif­ford Og­den at­tends Hollins View for respite care

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