100th birthday celebrations at West Sussex care home


lois-celebrates-100th-birthdayA WEST SUSSEX resident who credits her long life to spending time with ‘good friends and family’ has celebrated her 100th birthday at a care home in Steyning.

Lois Goossens, a resident of Shaw healthcare’s Croft Meadow care home, celebrated the milestone birthday by enjoying a weekend of festivities with her friends, family and staff. Lois was presented with cards, presents, flowers, balloons and enjoyed entertainment from a magician at a tea party in her honour, as well as having a surprise party at the home.

When asked how she keeps feeling young, Lois simply said that ‘a love for life and an active brain’ is what keeps her going.

Sharalee Thrumble, manager of Croft Meadow care home, said: “It was a delight to host Lois’s 100th birthday and a pleasure to see three generations come together for such a lovely and caring lady.

“Lois’s warm personality and willingness to chat happily to everyone make her a very popular and well-respected member of our close-knit group here at Croft Meadow and we all wished her a very happy birthday.”

Lois was born and raised in Surrey and although she never married, she made many wonderful friends, including a life-long companion in Mary. Although Mary has passed away her son, Simon, stills visits Lois to this day.

When she was a teenager, Lois enlisted into the army after being attracted to the uniform that women could wear, only to be disappointed by the saggy outfit she was given! Lois decided to set her sights on administrative work across different departments while in the army and continued in this field of work long after being discharged from her service.

Croft Meadow care home is run by Shaw healthcare, and provides nursing and residential care for the frail elderly and for those living with dementia. Shaw healthcare provides care for individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living environments and domiciliary care schemes. Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.


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