People who may be feeling lonely are invited to join us for free monthly get-togethers offering company and conversation.
All 21 of our homes are holding Tea and Togetherness gatherings, part of our long-standing bid to help confront community loneliness.
It follows the success of an initial monthly get-together which began last year at Bourne View in Poole.
Regular visitor Margaret Howl said: “It’s fantastic. You are always made so welcome and I am meeting people I haven’t seen for years. It’s a happy, friendly experience each time. I never expected to be coming into a care home and enjoying this level of companionship. I mark it in my diary every month, so I can make sure to avoid anything else that might come up. I am definitely planning to come all through 2020.”
Margaret has already struck up a friendship with fellow visitor Sue Turner, who said: “I would encourage anyone living on their own, or who is feeling lonely, to come along. So many elderly people live away from their families and are not speaking much with neighbours. In contrast, these get-togethers are wonderful, just the best thing.
“They get you out of the house, help keep your brain active and you can even have a dance if you want the exercise. ”
Research by Age UK estimates there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people, with the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness set to reach two million by 2025/6, a 49% increase.
There are many causes of loneliness, including poor health, bereavement and a lack of contact with family, friends or neighbours.
For more details of Tea & Togetherness, check with your nearest Colten Care home and save the date, or call 01425 460985 to find your nearest home and the date and time of events.