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