South Tyneside care home's lunch offer to tackle loneliness
A care home in South Tyneside is reaching out to older people in the community in a bid to tackle loneliness.
Staff and residents at Anchor’s Palmersdene Home, in Grange Road West, Jarrow, invited older people who would otherwise be on their own, to join them for a free fish and chip lunch.
The get together took place at the home last Friday and will now become a regular event - with staff able to cater for up to four people per week to come and join them.
Maureen McCulloch, manager of Palmersdene - which is rated Good by regulator the Care Quality Commission - said: “We’re delighted to be inviting older people from our local community to come and join us for lunch.
“The idea is a continuation of years inviting elderly people from the community into Palmersdene to join them for the day on Christmas Day.
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“Research from the Campaign to End Loneliness shows that around 10% of the population aged over 65 feel lonely all or most of the time, with more than 800,000 older people being chronically lonely.
“It is important as a charity that we are not only committed to happy living for our residents but we do the same for the local community by providing a hot nutritious meal to vulnerable older people.
“The lunch will give the older people the chance to have a chat over a meal and make new friends.”
To book a place for lunch at the home, call: 0191 4280660 ex 2.