Home of Compassion combat loneliness with CHEER

The Home of Compassion Care Home with Nursing  in Thames Ditton, pride themselves on including the local community within the home and involving residents with the outside world. It is all too easy for any care home to become an isolated community to which the outside world rarely visits. To combat this, the home are ensuring a wider variety of people and interests become involved in and with the home and its residents.

The home has been building links with the local charity CHEER. Primarily an organisation that provides companionship services to the local area, they have now spread their wings and organise social events for members, volunteers and staff on a regular basis. With its origins in the Esher and District Old People’s Welfare Council (founded in the early 1950s), CHEER became a charitable company on 1st April 2010.

Their regular newsletter makes members aware of the activities and fund raising opportunities being held in their area in the near future as well as educating them on issues such as telephone scammers.

This month, gentlemen from the CHEER group gathered at the Marquis of Granby to indulge in a Pie and a Pint, joined by male residents from the Home of Compassion, and a few of the ladies too adding to the mix of people within their social circle. This is benefiting both parties hugely in providing a larger friend base, helping all involved to feel less alone and isolated.

As part of the reciprocal arrangement, the Home of Compassion has returned the compliment by holding a mirror event for the CHEER ladies group. The home invited the female members and volunteers over for a cream tea and some enjoyed a guided tour of the homes Grade II* listed building. The Home of Compassion building itself, was commissioned in the 18th century by a friend of Horace Walpole, Charlotte Boyle. It was originally the home used by herself and her son John.

According to the Campaign to ‘End Loneliness’ there are 800,000 chronically lonely people in England. That translates into several hundred elderly people in the East Elmbridge area alone. Although Elmbridge is a generally affluent area, it still has many local elderly residents who are struggling with low income, poor living conditions, disability and loneliness.

Residents from the Home of Compassion and the CHEER members are benefiting greatly from this interaction and are pleased this year long relationship is going from strength to strength.

Home of Compassion is dedicated to providing the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 71 elderly residents.

The luxurious care home is set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton, with beautiful views over the river. For more information about Home of Compassion and Caring Homes visit our website at www.caringhomes.org

Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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