Our 28 active Anna Friends personally visited 105 residents at seven of the local registered Care Homes in the first quarter of 2018, and the total number of visits was 262. When welcome, we return, and thus many residents have seen one or more of us many times over these last months.
We strive for meaningful contact with the older people we visit, and some of our interactions are at considerable depth. Others range from nicely social to daftly humorous!
“I do so look forward to seeing you,” said one, who had insisted upon having her hair done especially for her new friend. Another resident permitted harassed care staff to give her a bath ‒ something she often regards as unnecessary – in preparation for a forthcoming visit!
We often find ourselves listening to hard–pressed staff. Recently one of our teams was involved in giving care and support to staff members who had been deeply affected by the death of one of their long-standing residents. And when we visit, most staff are only too glad to see us, knowing that we can give the time and listening ear to residents that their duties and busyness often prevent.
In valuing the people we visit, we value both ourselves and the God who has given us breath, the Lord of life.