Loving life in lockdown - Joyce's story

One of our lovely residents, Joyce, here at The Oaks and Little Oaks Care Home is very kindly sharing her lockdown stories with us. Joyce is 93 and was born in Nottingham. She moved and lived in Beeston Nottingham for 58 years when she married her husband, Ralph. They always used to spend their holidays in Sutton on sea with their children having a lovely time, they have also been on two cruises which were so much fun!

How have you been keeping occupied?

I have kept myself nice and busy by doing word searches, playing bingo and cards. I like to keep in touch with my family too while they can’t come and visit so I phone them and they phone me to keep me up to date with everything they are doing. The team have been brilliant at putting on fun activities and games to keep everyone occupied.

Have you ever experienced anything similar to this current situation in your life?

I remember in 1957 we had to wear a face mask to protect us from the smog.

What are you looking forward to when life gets back to normal again?

I am looking forward to being able to hug my family again. I am very lucky to have been able to see my family through the window during lockdown but it’s not the same as giving my grandchildren and great- grandchildren a big hug! I am also excited to be able to go out for trips again, I used to love going out on trips with the other residents.

Thank you Joyce and we hope that you will be able to hug your family soon.

Date published: 12 August 2020

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