Landmark birthdays not spoilt by lockdown

Four customers in our retirement living schemes have notched up major milestones recently but didn’t let the restrictions dampen their celebrations.

Super centenarians Nancy, Rene, Betty and Heath – who together total an incredible 409 years – toasted their birthdays in style despite being unable to celebrate in person with their families.

At 106, Nancy is the most senior of the quartet, followed by Rene at 102, Heath, 101 and Betty, 100.

Nancy, pictured right, and Rene are both residents of St Dominic’s Court in Stoke-on-Trent and were treated to a special garden party with fizz, ice cream and cake. Staff also arranged for a singer to lead the entertainment.

April Harper, lifestyle coach, said: “Both ladies are a massive part of the St Dom’s family and we know how they like a party, so we thought a socially distanced garden gathering would be perfect.

Rene is well-known for getting involved with our events and even wrote a poem about her recent lockdown experience, whilst Nancy is one of our most adventurous residents – she jetted off to Las Vegas a few years ago to mark her 98th birthday.

“It was a really fun afternoon and a wonderful way to celebrate Nancy and Rene. Due to lockdown restrictions at the time, family members weren’t allowed to visit, so we wanted to do something really special to make sure they both felt loved and cared for on their big birthdays.

At Champions Court in Dursley, Gloucestershire, staff and the scheme’s social club, also hosted an outdoor get-together for Heath and Betty’s milestone birthdays. They arranged flowers, fizz and cake for the two women, who, despite the slightly chilly weather, had a fantastic time.

Betty, pictured right, has been living at Champions Court for eight years and said: “Thankfully, we were lucky enough to avoid the rain and had a lovely time in our communal gardens. The cake and flowers were most appreciated. I feel very lucky to live in a community like this, especially in such times.”

Sharon Palmer, scheme manager, added: “Heath and Betty love to socialise, so it was nice to be able to do something to commemorate their birthdays. The last few months have been quite tough as we’ve had to rethink a lot of our social and wellbeing activities. Getting everyone together for a socially distanced gathering was great, as it goes a long way in helping our residents to feel connected with staff and each other.”

10th September 2020 | 2020