Gladys celebrates 103rd birthday at L’Hermitage
The birthday party went according to plan with one of Gladys’ favourite dishes served up – Sea Bass with new potatoes and carrots, which she says are “good for eyes”. There was also a glass of champagne on ice and a fabulous rainbow cake served with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from the care team.
Peter continued, “Gifts had to be 'wipeable', so flowers were not an option this time but chocolates and wine were gratefully received. It all went off very well and Gladys had a great day. Further celebrations are 'pencilled-in' for later in the year whenever 'normality' returns!”
Gladys was born in Jersey and has spent all her life on the island, apart from holidays abroad. She remained in the Island during the German Occupation from 1940 to 1945, and later worked in the local Trustee Savings Bank as Secretary to the Actuary for many years.
Gladys had a lovely upbringing and never married saying “life was too full to be married”. She volunteered for St Thomas Church for 25 years from the age of 60 to 85. She also was a member of St John Ambulance for 40 years which she finished doing at the age of 70. Gladys has great faith, the church is very special to her and she believes that this has played a major part in her long and healthy life.
Gladys is a twin although her brother died in 1980. Gladys and her sister Janet lived together for 96 years with their parents then in St. Helier, the Island's capital and in the rural Parish of Grouville, from 2007. They both moved to L’Hermitage in 2014 after her sister had a fall and a subsequent stay in hospital.
Home Manager Colette Bonner said; “Gladys is a remarkable lady. She’s active, popular and cheerful, up every morning at 5am and starts the day with a glass of orange juice, she has a lay in once week until 7.15am.
“It was a privilege to be able to celebrate her 103rd birthday here with her and members of her family. Our chef made a fantastic cake and there was a celebratory feeling at the Home as a number of residents were having their first visitors in a long while.
“It was lovely to see family members coming back into the gardens to see their loved ones. We have missed seeing them almost as much as the residents have.”
L’Hermitage is part of the Caring Homes family of 69 Homes across the UK. Caring Homes has put new policies and procedures in place this month to support all our Homes with garden visits.
The safety and wellbeing of residents and colleagues remains our ultimate priority and every one of our Homes has been risk assessed to determine whether they are appropriately prepared for ensuring safety during visits. We have been able to determine that many of our Homes, where they have been totally free or free of Covid-19 for 14+ days (28+ days in Scotland) are able to commence garden visits.
As we know, many people living in Care Homes are at higher risk of the effects of Covid-19 and therefore our phased approach to visits is vital as we need to fully assess the circumstances of each Care Home and each individual within the Care Home before being confident that visits can be undertaken safely.