Residents of Brighton Care Home celebrate International Friendship Day


TWO care home residents who have been friends for more than 30 years celebrated International Friendship Day with high tea.

Organized by Julie Mullen, Activities Coordinator at Dean Wood Bupa Nursing Home in Brighton, the team organized the celebration to honor the friendship between Pam Homewood and Jean Scott.

Julie served Pam and Jean high tea, complete with a selection of cakes and a glass of fizz, to celebrate their special friendship.

Pam, 93, said: “We had a fantastic time celebrating International Friendship Day and I am so grateful to Dean Wood’s team for making our day so special.

“I can’t believe we’ve been friends for 30 years.”

Jean, 94, added: “Pam and I love to sit together and chat about our lives and International Friendship Day was no exception.

“We spent the day doing what we do best — spending quality time together.”

Pam and Jean originally met through a mutual friend and have enjoyed long walks with the dog, lots of lunches together, and lots of family stories together.

As residents of Dean Wood, they still spend time together, eating lunch together daily, sharing family stories and enjoying Fish and Chip Fridays – a particular highlight for them.

The duo also enjoys participating in activities and is an active member of the pamper club, quiz club and armchair gymnastics group.

When asked what her top tips are for maintaining a friendship for thirty years, Pam said, “We always look out for each other and make sure we have a good time together.”

Jean added: “We are each other’s ultimate confidants and always act as a sounding board when the other has a problem that needs solving.

“I think trust coupled with camaraderie is a great way to maintain a long-lasting friendship.”

Neil Jenkins, Home Manager, said: “We encourage friendships, old and new, at our care home so we’re delighted we had the opportunity to make Pam and Jean’s day extra special.

“Our animation team’s commitment to celebrating their friendship is a true testament to our team’s fantastic commitment and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Dean Wood welcomes residents who need care or residential care, including those living with dementia and Parkinson’s.

For more information, see Residents of Brighton Care Home celebrate International Friendship Day

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