Care Homes

The Nursing Pub

So here goes. At the ends of their lives, my mother, mother-in-law and my first wife needed to be in care homes.

Isle Singers R Westwell

The ‘Isle Singers’, a small choir of ladies, sang to the patients in Aria Court Care Home in March Cambridgeshire on Thursday 6th July 2017.

Dementia R W

Rosemary Westwell

On Tuesday 20th June patients in Heron House, Aria Court Care Home, March, Cambridgeshire, had an unusual visitor.

Di Castle Care home article

 It is the first visit and they sit staring at me. I am here to read poetry.

 Sweet Pea Lodge Joy L

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The weeks and months rolled by, with the staff more than aware of the need to entertain their charges to keep up their morale. I’d be a liar if I said that it was easy…And then, just before Christmas, there were two more birthdays to celebrate.

 Sweet pea Lodge Joy L

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On another visit, it was decided that we were to investigate the ‘Art’ world… The ladies seemed quite excited when given their ‘Gainsborough’ painting-by-numbers pictures and crayons.

Joy Lennick Sweet Pea 

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I wrote the attached story 'Sweet Pea Lodge' for Wordplay and it was published in an anthology a while ago ('Talk of the Towns').
This story is completely true, except for the name of the 'Home' and the venue. I used to attend weekly as a community worker over a period of around a year in the 1990s. 'Kitty' and 'Annie' were the ladies' real names. Sadly, they are no longer with us. Both were real characters, especially Kitty!


This time, I will try to guide you through the care systems in the UK.

We all hope that we can remain in our own homes for as long as possible. But if we do need to go into a Care Home, it is hoped that the surroundings will be made as comfortable and homely to the place we have had to leave.