Care home days were ‘the best years of my Mum’s life’
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Speaking at the My Home Life conference in Wales in late February, a South Wales woman described her mother’s days living at a Porthcawl care home as ‘the best years of my Mum’s life’.
Marianne Manser’s mother Morfydd Jones had dementia, and moved to live to the Masonic Care Home in Porthcawl in May 2007.
“Mum never wanted to go into a care home,” said Marianne. “She used to say ‘they are all full of older people sitting around sleeping’
“When her memory started to deteriorate and it was becoming more obvious that despite homecare, it wasn’t enough to keep her safe at home.
“The Masonic Care Home was home – mum’s home. We struck gold! I was told that I could come and go as I pleased, visiting Mum whenever I wanted.
“She was very happy there – the staff treated her with compassion, devotion and humour – and we were always consulted and kept in the loop.”
My Home Life Cymru’s programme manager John Moore said Marianne was one of a number of relatives who attend the conference in Cardiff. “Our aim is to share positive personal experiences with the care home sector to ensure that steps are taken to provide the best care for older people,” he said.
Photo: Marianne Manser with her mother, Morfydd Jones