What We Can Learn From the Elderly
At Melrose Care Home, we understand that each and every single one of our residents are unique. That is why we always take the time to get to know them on an individual level. We love to hear the stories from their past, get to grips with their hobbies and interests, and build real friendships with them that go beyond simply providing a service of care.
Our biographies shine a light on our residents and allows them the opportunity to tell us about their life. This doesn’t just let us appreciate the colourful characters that call Melrose home but it also lets us learn valuable lessons from them as well. From remembering and sharing their past, we can discover the best ways we can look towards the future.
Here are just a few of the wonderful tips we have learned from the residents at Melrose.
It’s Up to You to Take Charge of Your Life
How many times have you heard someone say that “life is too short”? Well, as our residents will tell you, life isn’t always short: often it is long and fruitful. So it is up to you to make the most of your time.
A lot of our residents have fascinating tales of them embarking on adventures or conquering their fears, like Doris, who braved a supersonic flight with her husband even though she was scared to fly. It is these moments that define our character and these memories that we cherish throughout life. But it doesn’t have to be big events that fulfil us. By simply enjoying our favourite hobbies and surrounding ourselves with the people (and even pets) that we love, we can make every day more meaningful.
Pretty much every single resident at Melrose has faced hardships along the way, from gruelling military services to the heart-breaking loss of loved ones. However, none of them have allowed these hardships to define who they are.
One of the most difficult but most important life lessons you can learn is how to stay resilient. When things get tough, it’s ok to struggle, grieve and cry on the shoulders of others. But it is important to always see that, with time, comes hope and that the greatest strength comes from within.
Cherish the World Around You
Our care services are dedicated to ensuring that residents who rely on assistance for their health or mobility are always able to enjoy their day to day lives. However, the changes we face as we get older can restrict the things we are able to do. For instance, reduced mobility can make holidaying a lot more difficult.
Therefore, make sure that you build those precious memories while you can. Get out and experience the world around you. After all, travel is the only thing you spend money on that leaves you richer.
Learn How to Lighten Up
The sunny disposition of some Melrose residents lights up every room they walk in. They truly make each day a little brighter for their fellow residents. By simply sharing a smile or a joke, you can have such a positive effect on both yourself and the people around you.
While it is of course important to be mature when the time calls for it, it’s just as important to be able to find humour in the little things. Don’t take life too seriously and spread the joy at every given opportunity. Laughter is the best medicine for a reason.
Look After Yourself
You only get one body so make sure you look after it well. Whether it’s staying fit and active, eating well or simply remembering to moisturise every day, it’s up to you to put your needs first.
This includes prioritising your mental heath as well. Open up about your thoughts and feelings, enjoy a hobby that keeps your mind stimulated or indulge with a spot of pampering every now and again (our massage sessions are always a very welcome addition on our activity calendar). Make sure you always meet the needs of your body and your mind because no one else can do this for you.
Make Time For Those You Love
One of the harshest realities of ageing is that we will have to face losing loved ones. Many of our residents have had to say goodbye to their friends, family members and partners. The most important thing we have learnt from listening to their stories is just how much it matters to spend time with the people you love while you can. Whether it’s a trip out or just an extra long natter over a cup of tea, there’s no substitute for being in the company of your friends and family.
Furthermore, our residents have shown us that forging new and lasting friendships is something you’re never too old to do. Read more about the experiences of our residents and the stories they have to tell about their lives, including John's adventurous life and Doris' experience on Concorde.