Sharing means caring for older people in Bembridge

A partnership between Abbeyfield's Poplar Lodge and Somerset Care’s Inver House is ensuring older residents on the Isle of Wight have the opportunity to meet each other and build new friendships.

Somerset Care’s Inver House is located opposite our sheltered housing facility, Poplar Lodge on Foreland Road in Bembridge. Inver House is a residential care home, and Poplar Lodge is a sheltered living facility, with Poplar Lodge offering a degree of freedom to residents who are able to live more independently.

Both the homes unite towards our common goal of enhancing the quality of life for older people, wherever they live, and it is this that enables us to work so well together.

Lois Rogers, Senior House Manager at Abbeyfield, said:


We try do to something each month, working with staff in both houses, residents and volunteers.

"We have quizzes, beetle drives, singing and games, card-making activities and pet therapy events. The partnership coffee mornings have developed as the events have progressed and now it’s a regular thing which everyone loves.”

The two homes alternate hosting responsibilities on opposite sides of the road, helping them spread the workload. The most recent coffee morning was held on February 27, with Poplar Lodge playing host. They provided the raffle and refreshments, and Inver House ran the quiz.

Poplar Lodge resident, Phil, said:


It’s a great chance for us to interact with the Inver House residents through quizzes, raffles, games, and of course, coffee, tea and cake. We plan to have a joint summer party where we invite people from around Bembridge. Our family and friends, and staff both old and new, are always willing to help with these events, and we always enjoy ourselves.

We're delighted to be working together with Somerset Care to alleviate the lives of older people in the Isle of Wight. Read more about us and our heritage here.

Source: County Press.


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