1st October was Grandparents Day in the UK. Whatever your view on these ‘days’ to celebrate specific family members it’s an opportunity to recognise and reminisce about and with our older generation.
Fairfield Care is a family run business, with several generations working across the company. Fathers and daughters, uncles and nephews, dads and sons – it’s a close knit business with a family-focused ethos.
And those who are not direct members of the family find the company has a friendly atmosphere where everyone works together to ensure the success of the business.
Marketing Executive Nikki Hayhurst is one of the newest members of the team at Fairfield. She shared her experiences of care provision and the importance of keeping in touch with the older generation:
“When my maternal grandpa became ill one of the hardest choices for my mother was to make the decision to have him looked after in a care home. The nursing home was a great place, in beautiful surroundings and he needed specialist care and facilities. However there are always feelings of guilt at not being able to care for your older generation in your own home.”
“Something my mum said recently hit home about the fragility of the time we have with our parents and grandparents - ‘Talk to them while they are still here’. It’s so important to take the time to chat and show interest by asking questions about their life and their family. Once that information has gone its hard, perhaps impossible to find again. And you may discover all sorts of things you never really knew about them!”
At Fairfield Care we work to help care homes and nursing homes to look after the important senior members of people’s families around the UK. If there’s something to take away from Grandparents Day it’s that these seniors are our influencers, our history and our foundations. In our busy lives we all know the importance of taking time out to share time with our older generations – be sure to grab any opportunities.