Moving house can be difficult for people of any age, whether it’s your first home or downsizing. These feelings are there when it comes to moving in to a care home too, which is why at MHA we do all we can to help residents settle in to their new home.

Caring staff worked hard to help Doreen Templeman settle in her new home. Following her admission, Doreen would opt to spend time in her room as opposed to taking part in the home’s regular activities and church services, despite being a well-connected member of her local Church.

Notwithstanding plenty of encouragement from our staff at Mapplewell Manor care home in Barnsley, Doreen was eager to get involved but needed time to build the courage to attend a church service held in the home environment. "I will next time, I promise", Doreen said… and so it went on.

Care staff worked closely with Doreen to develop her confidence and one month, with Doreen’s consent, activities coordinator Helen Smith decided to organise for Pastor Jeff Baxter and his wife Lilian to take communion into Doreen’s room.

"As the weeks went by Doreen surprised us all by attending her very first Mapplewell Manor church service and simply the rest is history. She has chosen to call this her ‘Seize the Day’ - a personal wish that she has been hoping to achieve for so long!", commented Helen.

"Doreen now gets dressed in her beautiful outfits to attend our monthly church and weekly worship services. She can also often be found strolling across the corridors speaking to residents and staff along the way."

Huge well done to Doreen on achieving this wonderful personal goal!

Photograph caption: MHA Mapplewell Manor care home resident Doreen Templeman (centre) with activities coordinator Helen Smith, Lilian and Jeff Baxter and care home chaplain Antonio Hall (left to right).

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