Meet the family: Our poet Joan

Moving into a care home can be daunting for some people, but once you get to know fellow residents and staff it can feel like one big extended family. Finding out about shared hobbies and interests is a great way to make friends and enjoy time together. Whether it's writing or gardening, singing or knitting there will always be someone to share your passions and pastimes with.

Meet Joan who lives at Lostock Lodge Care Home at Lostock Gralam near Northwich.

Joan is most proud of her two children and her favourite way to spend the day is in the garden on a nice sunny day with a drink in hand! In the past, Joan has been a great traveller and had amazing trips to Italy, especially Lake Como for family holidays.

What do you enjoy most about living at Lostock Lodge Care Home?

"The food is fantastic, I love anything Italian but especially the Lasagne at Lostock Lodge!"

Joan is our resident poet and can often be found writing poetry in her room, Joan has actually won many awards for her poems in the past. She has a great sense of humour which shines through in her poetry!

Joan's Poem: Growing Old

Growing old can be a pain

Lots to lose, not much to gain

Aching joints a wrinkled face

And parts we lose and can’t replace

But if we’re fit and we can cope

There’s always comfort, always hope

There are some things we all hate

But also things that compensate

I may not have the breath to jive

But my sense of humour’s still alive

I can’t attempt to run a mile

But I like to think I dress with style

I haven’t a clue who’s Top of the Pops

But I’m always read to ‘Do the shops’

You wouldn’t say that I was ‘funky’

And I’m not a ‘Zero’ more of a ‘Chunky’

I used to turn night into day

Now by ten I’m ‘well away’

And though I regret my faded looks

I’ll never lose my love of books

I still anticipate the day

Enjoy each one is what I say

To live each one just how I choose

So here’s to all my ancient years

Filled with love, not many tears

Filled with love, not many tears

Count your blessings we are told

Not always easy when you are old

But I’ve got love and I’ve got laughter

And what is left – just the hereafter!

So when I get the final shove

Courtesy of him above

I think my epitaph should be

‘She was blessed’ – because that’s me!

If you would like to know more about life at Country Court, we are here to guide you through the process of choosing and moving into a care home. If you are thinking about a care home for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. We are here to chat about your care needs and answer any questions you may have.

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