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Harrogate care staff deliver gifts to elderly to combat Christmas loneliness

Harrogate Neighbours have been offering more than just care this festive season in a bid to tackle feelings of loneliness amongst the elderly.

Harrogate care staff deliver gifts to elderly to combat Christmas loneliness

Care organisation Harrogate Neighbours has been offering more than just care this festive season in a bid to tackle feelings of loneliness amongst the elderly.

Greenfield Court Care has provided person-centered care into the community through its growing team of dedicated carers since 2010.

Through getting to know their clients, the 33-strong team identified that 20 per cent would be spending Christmas alone.

And as a result, staff at Greenfield Court have spent weeks donating gifts to clients in the community, from toiletries and chocolates, to stationery and socks.

Lynsey Robinson, registered care manager at Greenfield Court Care said:

"Over the years we’ve got to know our clients very well – Christmas can be a very lonely time for older people, especially those who have lost loved ones, or those unable to leave the house due to their health, so we wanted to do something special for them."

Staff at Greenfield Court Care donned their very best elf costumes to surprise clients with doorstop deliveries.

Doreen has been receiving care at home from the Greenfield Court Care team for over 12 years.

She said:

“I got such a surprise when the elves turned up, I was quite taken back.

“My husband passed away earlier this year, so this will be the first Christmas I have spent on my own without him.

“The lovely girls brought me a festive mug, cosy socks and they have also invited me and a friend to have Christmas Day lunch at The Cuttings.”

[caption id="attachment_92220" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Doreen receiving her doorstep delivery in time for Christmas.[/caption]

Doreen added:

“I am going to take my friend Margaret with me, who also lost her husband this year – it’s very thoughtful of them.”

Lynsey said:

“The team have built strong relationships with their clients – they’re more like our extended family, so to help them to feel a little less lonely this Christmas has been something we’ve all enjoyed being part of.”

To find out more about Greenfield Court Care at Harrogate Neighbours, or to become a volunteer, visit www.harrogateneighbours.co.uk

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