Staff at Eccleshare Court Care and Nursing home in Lincoln were able to fulfil a wish for one of their residents who wanted to relive her farming background and go and see some cows.
As part of the Country Court ‘Make a Wish’ initiative, residents are given the opportunity to tell members of staff about somewhere they had always wanted to go or a special activity they had always wanted to do. When they asked Laura, who is 94 what her wish would be, she simply replied “I would like to see the cows again”. The team knew this would bring back special memories from growing up on a farm. Laura often talks about spending time with the animals, forming special bonds with them, especially the cows.
The fantastic team of staff contacted a local farm and managed to arrange for Laura to visit and meet their cows, getting to see them up close and even pet them too.
On the day, two members of staff, Deputy Manager and nurse Cathy Trevor and Care Assistant Jenna Hill were honoured to accompany Laura so they could make this wish come true for her.
Laura was born into a farming family and spent most of her life working on the land, either on the farm or in the plant nursery.
She married her husband Bob and had children, becoming a stay a home mother. Later on, she finished her working life on Spring Farm where she ploughed, made bales of hay and looked after the cows.
For some time, Laura was surrounded by her close-knit family, as her daughter lived opposite her, and her granddaughter lived next door to her. There was a connecting door between them so her family could provide care for her on an informal basis until she required more permanent care and came to live at Eccleshare Court.
Lisa Dent, the Home Manager said, “It was a pleasure to be able to arrange for Laura’s wish to come true and we are truly grateful to the farm for taking the time for her to visit. She was clearly delighted to see the cows up close and spend some time with them. It was a lovely day, creating happy memories for her to treasure”.