Living in a Care UK home is all about quality of life, and that means love, fun and family. Our home teams are passionate about supporting couples and families to spend as much time together as possible.
Husbands, wives, partners, family members and friends can visit residents whenever they wish, whether it’s enjoying special moments, activities or meals together.
True love lasts a lifetime
When a couple moves into one of our homes, we’ll do everything we can to ensure they can stay together and enjoy as normal a life as possible. We’ll aim to offer adjoining rooms, so they can make one bedroom into a lounge area. But even if they have different care needs and stay on different suites, we support them to spend lots of time together, and even make their wishes come true.
In September last year the team at Glastonbury Court supported Mary and Bill, who are both in their nineties, to celebrate 69 years of marriage. Bill was very poorly but Mary’s wish was for them to spend some precious time together in the home’s gardens. With help from the home’s ambulance support team, colleagues made Mary’s wish come true.
We’re delighted to celebrate with couples when they decide to renew their vows or mark wedding anniversaries. In October the team at Milner House in Leatherhead helped Phyllis and Bernie to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary. To toast the special milestone, family members joined a surprise party at the home, while colleagues performed the couple’s favourite song – “I just called to say I love you”.
Pulling out all the stops
Last August, the team at Cairdean House in Edinburgh, made sure that resident, Edith, made it to her grandson Finlay’s wedding. They helped her with her hair and make up and drove her to Arbroath for the ceremony. Home Manager, Gillian, says, “It was incredible to see Edith’s face light up when she saw her grandson walk down the aisle, and humbling to be a part of such a special day for Edith and her family.”
But even if a resident can’t get to a relative’s wedding, we make sure they don’t miss out. In October, the team at Sandfields laid on afternoon tea to celebrate resident, Bob’s granddaughter’s wedding. As Bob is living with dementia and wasn’t able to attend the big day, her granddaughter and new husband donned their wedding finery the following day to celebrate with Bob and her husband at the home.
Celebrating colleagues’ big days
Care UK homes are like family homes, and there’s no better proof of this than when our colleagues celebrate their own weddings with residents. Matt and Abbie, who work at Heather View in Crowborough, recreated their summer wedding at the home recently so they could share their special occasion with all their ‘Heather View family’. The residents’ choir sang for them, everyone enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and danced to live entertainment.
Matt said, “We couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to toast our wedding for the second time!”