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Pioneering centre provides Hazel with a home-from-home

20 July 2015

A Sheffield widow who rarely left her home is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to a pioneering service for older people.

 

 

 

Hazel Crampton, (74) who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, visits Age UK Sheffield’s wellbeing centre, which is based in Norfolk Heritage Park, once a week to enjoy a variety of leisure pursuits of her choice and meet new people.

 

Over 60 people living with debilitating memory loss visit the centre each week providing a place for them to explore new interests and activities and talk to other people going through a similar experience.

 

Hazel, who lives on her own in Darnall, said: “My daughter and son-in-law put me in touch with the centre and I have thoroughly enjoyed coming.

 

“I lost my husband five years ago and due to my mobility problems I was finding it harder and harder to get out and about. I get help from my carers who come to my bungalow every day but it’s lovely to come to the centre and get away from my normal routine and not be on my own. Managing my Alzheimer’s can be tricky as I can forget what I am about to do so it is nice to have a different focus and I really look forward to my Tuesday visits. It’s become a real home-from-home.

 

“I love the staff here and I get to do all sorts of things that I would never experience. I am the eldest of six children and when I was younger I used to bake for my siblings but I haven’t been able to do it for such a long time so to come to the centre again and re-learn that skill has been wonderful.

 

“I also get a bit of pampering and enjoy getting my nails done and meeting the other members to have a bit of fun and a laugh with.

 

 

“My daughter, son-in-law and two young granddaughters are marvellous but can’t be with me all the time so coming here gives me a bit of independence back and if I didn’t attend I would just be sat on my own at home. It gets me out of the house and I get a lovely homemade dinner too.”

 

Natasha Wilson, wellbeing assistant coordinator at Age UK Sheffield’s Wellbeing Centre, said: “We really get to know the people who come here to find out what they enjoy and any new interests they would like to explore - then we help them get on with it, sometimes on their own and sometimes with others who share the same interest. Hazel is a great example of somebody who relishes her time with us and loves to give anything a go.

 

“Our Centre provides a safe environment for people to experiment with new pastimes or simply share experiences and memories with others.”

 

People who come to the Centre also get access to the one-to-one Age UK Sheffield Independent Living Coordination service, enabling people to be the architect of their own lives and live life to the full, at and beyond the Centre.

 

 

Age UK Sheffield is an independent, local organisation dedicated to enabling older people to be the architect of their own lives and live life to the full. Over 12,000 people a year benefit from its services. The organisation is dedicated to supporting older people in Sheffield, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated, to help them retain their independence and get the most out of life.