Century of Life at Gold Care Homes
Martins House, in Stevenage, were busy celebrating the centenarian of our resident, Doreen Sansom. Having joined Martins House earlier this year, Doreen has become a cherished resident because of her kind-hearted nature and gentle approach to all she does and says and wonderful life experiences.
Celebrating her birthday on the 28th May 2020, the team at Martins House took the time or organise a COVID-safe commemoration with Doreen’s loved ones in the garden, social distancing, as she sat in the conservatory at the home. Relishing the sunshine and party-mood, the team went to lengthy efforts in baking a cake and having everybody sign a card which were presented to Doreen as she spoke to loved ones from the conservatory which was adorned with balloons and happy birthday banners. Doreen has a love for culture, books, flowers, and baking – so it was a delightful surprise as she was presented a huge bouquet of flowers on her birthday and a scrumptious cake.
Doreen was born in 1920 with strong family values and a desire to support those around her. Working as a nurse at Catterrick Garrison in Yorkshire during World War II, she nursed several soldiers as she was posted to Durham and London before meeting her husband, Jack. Later in life, Doreen spent her time as a teacher for reception children before retirement. Her selfless nature and desire to help others has not gone unnoticed by her family and those who are fortunate enough to meet her. Julie Farmer, Manager at Martins House, commented “she is such a lovely woman who hasn’t got a bad word to say about anything and she loves her family, so it’s important to us that we are able to celebrate her birthday with her loved ones”.
With the unexpected change to our lifestyles with COVID-19, our doors have been closed to all non-essential visitors in efforts to protect our residents and staff from risk of infection. Speaking with Julie, Home Manager, she noted “we didn’t think that this celebration was going to be possible as many people were self-isolating in their rooms when we began to plan. But it’s amazing to that now we can use the conservatory and safely celebrate Doreen’s birthday with her loved ones and the team from a safe proximity where they can see each other”. With 10 family members from different generations coming to visit Doreen from outside the home and celebrate as she opened her gifts and cut her cake, there was quite the buzz in and around the home. Doreen was even surprised with a gift from the Queen, which her granddaughter organised.
Doreen’s selfless nature and generosity has been commented on by those who have spoken with her and she continues to inspire us all to continue with our efforts to enhance the lives of those in our care – the way she has throughout her life. Additional to her inspiring kind nature, Doreen completed an Open University BA in History and Art and continued to study Theology and Religious Studies via distance learning until last year. What a refreshing individual!
Ravi Gidar, Managing Director, said: “despite the difficulties our homes have faced during this time, we knew that they would rise to the challenge and overcome each hurdle. I am incredibly proud of the efforts the team have made to ensure our residents continue to live happy and fulfilled lives”.
Wishing our philanthropic resident, Doreen, the happiest of returns on her 100th birthday.