Aug 16, 2021
Residents at a local care home have not let the pandemic stop them from making new friends.
To celebrate International Friendship Day, residents at Care UK’s Mercia Grange, on Lichfield Road, were delighted to received letters from pupils at Abbey Road Junior School in Nottingham.
The letters included well wishes, as well poems written around the theme of friendship. Hearing from their younger friends gave residents the opportunity to reminisce about their own experiences of school and education in their younger years as they wrote their replies.
95-year-old resident Joyce said: “I really enjoyed reading about the children’s adventures, birthdays and favorite things to do – receiving the letters was the nicest thing that has happened this year. I am looking forward to hear more stories from our new friends.”
Dawn Covill, Home Manager at Mercia Grange, added: “We were delighted to receive the very special letters from Abbey Road Junior School to celebrate International Friendship Day.
“Intergenerational relationships have proven to be enriching for both sides, as they provide an opportunity for younger and older generations to learn from each other. These relationships can be particularly beneficial for older people, as they can offer a sense of purpose and prompt conversation.
“This is the beginning of a blossoming friendship between our home and the school, and we look forward to meeting up in person with the pupils as soon as we are able.”
Mercia Grange is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia, and short-term respite care. The three-storey care home, which features 67 ensuite bedrooms, has been designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities and includes its own cinema, hair salon and café.
To find out more about Mercia Grange, please call Customer Relations Manager, Aleksandra Luczynska, on 0121 314 3196, or email aleksandra.Luczynska@careuk.com.
For more general information, please visit careuk.com/mercia-grange.
538 Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 4EH