The Kingsley Healthcare group is inviting lonely pensioners into its Dorset homes over the festive period in a Beat Loneliness initiative.
Kingsley Healthcare’s Queen Charlotte nursing home in Chickerell Road, Weymouth, Highcliffe nursing home, in Stuart Road, Highcliffe and Branksome Heights residential care home in Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth will be opening their doors to elderly people from the local community on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day for a second year running.
The homes’ operations manager Debbie Preston said: “The festive period can be a very lonely time for people if they are unable to share it with their family. That is especially the case for older people if they have lost their partners and are on their own.
“Last year, we did not have a large uptake but the people who came along really appreciated it.”
She said on all three days pensioners would be welcome to come for lunch and share the company of residents and staff during the afternoon.
She said: “To ensure everything is planned properly, we unfortunately won’t be able to accommodate visitors turning up unannounced. People should call the homes in advance and reserve a place. Of course, numbers will be strictly limited.”
Call Queen Charlotte on 01305-773128, Highcliffe on 01425-272093 or Branksome Heights on 01202-769429.