Respite care at The Lawns
We offer long or short term residential care for elderly residents. We also provide convalescent care and respite care, particularly when someone been in hospital or is getting over an illness. That few weeks of TLC can be just the tonic. Being cared for and not having to worry about preparing meals or the anxiety of getting about or being alone. It gives time to just recuperate, regain strength, confidence and that zest for life.
Respite care for Connie
For the past 3 weeks, we have been delighted to have the company and friendship of Connie at The Lawns. She was familiar with our home, having cared for her brother when he was a resident here. Many of our team remember her coming in then to visit, bringing music and kicking off her shoes, singing and dancing. She is now 86 years old and made the decision to come to The Lawns herself, as she was feeling low and not coping at home.
In spite of that decision, when she arrived she was anxious, missing home and feeling out of sorts. We wanted her to feel relaxed and comfortable and to lift her spirits. She had her hair done with our hairdresser who visits the home and had a head and shoulders massage and a manicure. That quiet one to one time of pampering was lovely for a chat about her life and interests. She said this helped reduce her stress and anxiety considerably.
Connie has lived in Worcester all her life. She went to Worcester Grammar School for Girls and worked in Barclays Bank for 32 years. She loved netball at school and was delighted to be able to show us her ball skills, whilst enjoying the fresh air on one of the sunnier days this month!
Growing in confidence
As her confidence grew, Connie started taking part in our activities and regained that bounce in her step. She has kept fit and active all her life, but we were astounded by her flexibility. You can see for yourself in the photos!
Nikki, our of our activities coordinators, promised Connie a one to one yoga class. However, the snow came and afterwards Connie felt strong enough to go home, with some home help arranged for her. Ever true to her word though, last week Nikki visited Connie at her home, yoga mat in hand. Connie was thrilled to see her and they did some stretches together and caught up over a cup of tea.
Connie so kindly wrote a personal note of thanks to our staff, which we were very touched to receive. She said “I was in a very dark place when I arrived at The Lawns. God has looked down with compassion and restored my faith in human nature. God bless you all. Fondest love Connie“.
She also wrote a testimonial for us.
We loved having Connie to stay and it was wonderful to see her vim and vigour return. She was always up for some fun and brought lots of happiness and laughter to both our staff and other residents.
This is just one example of how respite care can be so beneficial.