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The Importance of Friendship

30th Apr 2018

According to Age UK, 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, of whom over 2 million are aged 75+. A staggering 1.9 million older people currently feel ignored or invisible! The long-term impact of loneliness is only beginning to be fully understood but we do know that loneliness is associated with depression, sleep problems, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems.

A Bridgewater Day Care we aim to fight back against loneliness in the community. We support our clients to build strong bonds and friendships with their peers, as well as with our friendly and compassionate staff. We are safe space in which to have fun, try a new activity, reminisce with friends, or simply sit back and enjoy being part of the lovely atmosphere.

 

Clients having fun with arts and crafts

Clients having fun with arts and crafts

 

Our clients enjoy sitting down and eating a hot meal of their choice together at lunch time. Communal eating increases social bonding and feelings of wellbeing, as well as enhancing a sense of contentedness and belonging within the community. Our well-trained staff are able to assist with any personal needs so that everyone is included in sitting down for a meal together.

 

We play lots of lovely games here in our purpose-built day centre, including bingo, pool and cards. The gentlemen often enjoy sitting down to a game of dominoes. There’s plenty to choose from and many of our clients enjoy a bit of healthy competition amongst friends!

 

Our valued clients enjoying a chat in the sunshine

Our valued clients enjoying a chat in the sunshine

 

We have recently set up our ‘Dementia Lounge’ which is proving a real hit. There are lots of items from past times in this space to allow for lots of reminiscence and to make it a very familiar space in which to relax. Many of our clients simply enjoy sitting with a cup of tea, enjoying the opportunity to be amongst company.

 

We wanted to share this lovely testimonial which demonstrates just how much of a lifeline our day care centre is to many of our clients:
‘After starting at Bridgewater Day Care my life has begun to turn around. After losing my husband two years ago I was in a very low state. I have met such very good friends. I was a very lonely person and badly needed the company of others. All the staff are wonderful and are there to help you. I have even started to knit again which passes the time at home. The food is excellent and lovely served to you. I look forward to my Tuesday and Fridays to be with my friends’. – MM

 

We currently have spaces available at our beautiful, purpose built centre in Golborne. If you think our services would benefit someone in the community living with a dementia or someone who may be isolated, get in touch with Lisa, our centre manager on 01942 723 115 or email us info@bridgewaterdaycare.co.uk.