A St Annes care home has reached out to support the local community through fostering its links with Age UK.
Age UK Lancashire needed a venue to host a special event to showcase the services and support that is available to older people in the Fylde area. They wished to focus particularly on people living with dementia and with carers. But where would be a suitable venue?
Many rest homes in the Fylde offer care for those in need, but some people, including those with dementia, prefer to remain in their own home. Lakeview Rest Homes, which are based in Lytham St Annes and comprises The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Lake View and Newfield Lodge, have always recognised this, and whilst providing excellent care to residents, they constantly seek to support the local community. This includes people with dementia and carers.
Thus Lakeview were delighted that their prestigious The Moorings Luxury Rest Home was used as a venue for Age UK Lancashire’s event.
Director Pete Wood from Lakeview explained ‘We were delighted to be given the opportunity to support such a well-respected organisation as Age UK Lancashire, who provide a much needed service to many of our local friends and neighbours. Our residents and their care team welcomed the opportunity to play our part in the community.’
The Dementia Community Links team from Age UK Lancashire provide opportunities for people with dementia to take part in social activities and to remain part of their local communities. The project also provides some much needed respite for carers.
Project manager, Shirley Childs from Age UK Lancashire said: “The Moorings approached us and we were looking for support for this event and they were more than happy to assist. The event was about inviting our existing clients and other members of the public to enjoy some reminiscence sessions and activities which included mini golf and bowls. We also had a very energetic chair-based exercise class that went down really well. We were delighted to see so many people turn up and hope that we are able to look into providing more services around this area in the future”.
The event was a great success, and The Moorings had the added bonus of offering not just beautiful surroundings but also its own bowling alley and miniature golf, provided additional opportunities for exercise, which is so vital in maintaining and improving the health and mobility of older people – and younger too! It proved very popular.
Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, came along to meet the visitors and spoke about the importance of organisations such as Age UK Lancashire. He said, ‘Most people will feel lonely at some point in their lives. It’s a deeply personal experience that in most cases will thankfully pass, but for a growing number of people, particularly those in later life, loneliness can have a significant impact on their well-being. Age UK is at the forefront of tackling that issue through awareness and through events like this one at this beautiful facility at the Moorings.”
Fortunately The Moorings continues to support and enhance the lives of people in the Fylde. It offers a variety of complimentary events held on a daily or weekly basis. These include:
- Come Dine with Us – held daily. Residents and staff extend a warm welcome to any retired local residents who might welcome company, free tea and coffee plus a complimentary early evening meal in beautiful surroundings.
- Moorings Movie Matinee –The Moorings offer a warm welcome to any retired local film-fans who might like to join residents in their own theatre which seats fourteen in luxury arm chairs. It is complete with a fully integrated sound system and state of the art screen and there is even popcorn and drinks available. Visitors can enjoy a varied selection of films including classics, comedies, musicals and modern thrillers.
- Gentlemen’s Club – (for Ladies too) A social event with good company, fabulous food, delectable drinks, classic cocktails, and sport.
Who could ask for more!