From helping others to make the world a better place, to living your life exactly how you want to, residents and staff at The Chase Care Home in Cambridgeshire have shared their unique advice for their local community, all in aid of this year’s World Mental Health Day 2023 (10th October).
Staff at the home have also pledged a “mini mindfulness moment”, including a complimentary two-course lunch and spa treatments, exclusively for staff at local hospitals, blue light workers and anyone who works for the NHS.
With an average age of 85, residents at The Chase wanted to share their uplifting pearls of wisdom for anyone who may be struggling with their wellbeing, in partnership with Later Living Marketplace Lottie.
These residents, including 92-year-old Anne and 96-year-old Fred, have a wealth of life experience and their advice serves as a reminder of the importance of prioritising your mental health, no matter your age.
Here are the heartfelt pick-me-ups from the residents and staff at The Chase care home in Cambridgeshire:
- Anne (92-years-old): You’ve got to keep your sense of humour; life is too short not to!
- Dawn (83-years-old): Animals always cheer me up if I’m feeling down – and they don’t answer back!
- Di (77-years-old): Help others whenever you can; it makes the world a better place.
- Fred (96-years-old): You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative.
- Monika (79-years-old): Live your life how you want to live it.
- Phillip (89-years-old): Keep it simple with water and whisky!
- Sam (Kitchen team member at The Chase): Walk your dog – it always helps me.
- Tina (Receptionist at The Chase): Live life to the fullest.
Anne Groome, who only moved into the home a few months ago, believes keeping a sense of humour is the key to a fulfilling life. “You’ve got to keep your sense of humour, life is too short not to!” shared Anne.
Although Anne was living a happy, independent life at home in her bungalow, she’s loved her time so far at The Chase. She became a permanent resident after a short, 1-month stay at the home, and has continued being an active member of the local community:
“I instantly felt so settled in my new surroundings and love all the social activities on offer. Although my family is always so supportive, I found it hard to keep up with the responsibility of running a house. Not having to worry about cooking my meals or cleaning my home has been a massive relief.
I really love being here. My family and friends visit all the time and I get to experience various activities like massages, walks and outings to the local community. It’s been such a positive experience that’s made me prioritise my health so much more”, concludes Anne.
Anne’s advice for someone struggling with their wellbeing is to seek support: “people that struggle the most don’t ask for help. A problem shared is a problem halved.”
79-year-old Monika, who also moved into the home a few months ago, encourages everyone to live life on their own terms: “Live your life how you want to live it”.
Monika hopes her message will inspire local residents – and beyond – to embrace their individuality and chase their dreams.
Fred, aged 96, was inspired by the popular song ‘Accentuate The Positive’ for his timeless advice for the community: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative!”.
89-year-old Phillip shared his 2 necessities for a fulfilling life, and joked everyone needs to “keep it simple with water and whisky!”
Staff at the home also got involved in this activity; and shared the pick-me-ups they do when they’re feeling low. From walking your dog and embracing the outdoors to remembering to live life to the fullest, there’s something for everyone to try.
“We’re seeing first-hand the extent of loneliness in local communities across the UK. New research from Lottie has found a surge in online searches for feelings of loneliness over the last 12 months, including a 1500% increase for the search ‘I’m feeling lonely’ across the UK.
Unfortunately, more older adults, especially with the winter months coming up, are feeling more isolated and lonely. World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the community support available for anyone that is struggling, and let people know that it’s available all-year-round”, shares Hannah Karim, Care Expert Manager at Lottie, a later living marketplace for older adults.
“That’s why activities run by The Chase, where older adults are sharing their heartfelt advice for anyone feeling low or struggling, is so very important. It brings local communities together and shows just how crucial it is to look after yourself and seek support if you’re struggling”, concluded Hannah Karim.
Alongside sharing their inspirational advice, The Chase are offering locals a “mini mindfulness moment” for World Mental Health Day (10th October 2023). This self-care complimentary gift includes a two-course lunch, a glass of champagne and a 30-minute treatment at their in-house spa.
Catherine Frost, general manager at The Chase, shares more about this incredible pledge: “We’re so excited to offer our very own ‘mini mindfulness moment’ for staff at the local hospitals, blue light services and the NHS. Everyday, they go above and beyond for our local community and we’re proud to be able to give them an opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate, all from the comfort of our care home.
“Well-being and taking care of yourself is important at any age, but especially as you get older. That’s why spending time with our residents and sharing their positive words of wisdom and their life experiences is so very important. If our residents’ advice could help even one person who may be feeling low, isolated or struggling with their mental health, it would be an incredible outcome”, concludes Catherine Frost, General Manager at The Chase Care Home.