Tom Brake visited Oaks Way Community Centre in Carshalton in order to better understand the challenges of sustaining independence and a good quality of life for elderly residents within his constituency. Oaks Way Centre provides a variety of care which aims to keep senior citizens active and social in their later life.
Tom’s visit which took place on the 15th of July, which was during the ‘Potted History’ project at the centre. The series of 8 activities across the month of July looked to engage clients of the Oaks Way Centre in activities centred around gardening and nature. Changing activities regularly is just one example of how the Oaks Way keeps their elderly clientele interested and excited about coming to the centre.
Tom, who is consistently looking to improve care for the elderly, said: “Caring for the elderly in a way that is sensitive and focused on specific needs is very important and Oaks Way Centre makes every effort to ensure these values are maintained. The majority of their clients are 80 years plus and live in their own homes, but attending the Centre gives the clients something to look forward to and a reason to get up in the mornings. Each activity they engage in gives them a sense of achievement and enables friendships to be formed and continued. I hope these centres, which form an invaluable part of the umbrella of care provided, are protected and cherished for years to come.”
To find out more about the fantastic work Oak Way Centre does for their clients visit their website: http://www.oakswaycentre.co.uk/