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We chat to Barony Lodge’s resident ambassador Elsie

Moving into a care home doesn’t have to mean you have to sit back and let people do everything for you – quite the opposite.

Elsie Whittaker is one of Sanctuary Care’s many resident ambassadors and lives at Barony Lodge Residential Care Home in Nantwich. She loves to support the team with everything from interviewing potential staff to showing people around the home.

For Elsie, having a very active role to play in how the home is run is very important to her, giving her a sense of significance and purpose.

I enjoy doing it – I think it’s very important and it makes me feel really good, like I really belong here,” she says.

I met a lady this morning and she seemed really pleased that a resident was showing her round – and for me it’s lovely. I am using my brain and I really enjoy it because I like talking to people.

Elsie moved into Barony Lodge in March and feels very much at home.

It’s lovely and clean and everyone is so friendly,” she explains. “I get on great with all the residents and staff and would recommend it to anybody.

An active life is an enriched life for Elsie

For Elsie it is so important to lead an active life, and she has made so many friendships at the home.

There’s something to do every day – one day we were making kites and the next crocheting and knitting.  I would be idle if I had gone home.

And from my bedroom there’s a door so you can go to the gardens straight away, which is lovely because you can see the birds.

And the home-cooked food is something Elsie really enjoys. “We have some lovely meals and I eat everything!

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