Our Haviland House Day Centre in Goring-on-Sea has been making a remarkable impact on the life of Peter Nicholls, a 93-year-old former carpenter, and his wife Rennie. Peter, who has been attending the Day Service for about 18 months, enjoys a variety of activities including quizzes, snooker, music, and dancing.

The Haviland House Day Service is held at our purpose-built dementia centre, which provides a variety of day services with an extensive and inclusive activity programme. Activities are tailored to our members and include live entertainment, arts and crafts, and opportunities for reminiscence. We also offer a variety of dementia-friendly social events for carers and their loved ones to come together, some of which are offered free of charge.

Peter and session leader. Helen

Peter’s wife and carer, Rennie, expressed her gratitude for the support they receive. “The Saturday afternoon teas are great. It’s a chance to meet other people in the same situation and talk to them,” she said. Rennie appreciates the welcoming environment and the friendly faces at the centre, which make her feel at ease leaving Peter in their care.

Peter, who was once an avid snooker player, continues to enjoy the game with the help of the caring staff, particularly Helen, who Peter says is always there to assist him. The couple also participates in the time out together sessions, which runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays, providing further opportunities for social engagement and support.

Rennie emphasised the importance of the respite care provided by Haviland House, stating, “My life with Peter won’t change, but by having this little respite where I can be me, it makes me feel better in myself. Without it, my life would be a lot worse. The staff are wonderful; they give their all.”

For more information about Haviland House Day Services and the support they offer to people and their families, please visit Haviland House Day Service.

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