Luncheon club to help elderly

By Ian Dipple Friday 28 February 2014 Updated: 28/02 09:23

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A PRIVATE residential home is opening its doors to the public in a bid to help fill the gap in services for the elderly as a result of public funding cuts.

Smallwood based Terryspring Court is launching a new luncheon club next month for the over 55s as part of a raft of new services aimed at non-residents.

It launches on Sunday, March 16 between 11am and 3pm and will feature a two course lunch, fruit juice and tea and coffee for £7.50 per person was well as activities such as quizzes, bingo and a beetle drive. The idea is to help reduce isolation for those people living alone by inviting them in to socialise with residents.

There are 23,600 people aged over 55 living in Redditch with the older population set to increase dramatically over the next decade.

Jamie Lewis, the home’s manager, said: “There’s research which shows the loneliest day of the week for older people are Sundays and we are trying to tap into that.

“What we are trying to do is turn ourselves into much more of a community hub. Worcestershire County Council is really cutting money down and we are victims as much as anybody else. We have these services and facilities and where we see services are being cut or we see a gap we will try and fill it.”

Amelia Bourne, activity co-ordinator, added the club would be held monthly but that could be increased if it proved popular.

“There are a number of people that are desperate for company so we just don’t know how this is going to take off.”

The West Avenue home is also opening up its day centre to private payers on Wednesdays and Thursdays - where previously it was only available to those funded by social services - which will give people access to the gym, library, salon and other facilities. There is also a weekly therapy group for people with mild to moderate dementia and the home also runs community coffee mornings to help reduce isolation with the next planned for Friday, March 7 at 10.30am.

Call 01527 66565 to book for the luncheon club.

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