‘It feels like home here’ says Teresa

FUN Amy Spencer, care assistant Linda Grady and resident Teresa Camps. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131761-1)
FUN Amy Spencer, care assistant Linda Grady and resident Teresa Camps. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131761-1)
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BUBBLY Teresa Camps loves living at Latham Lodge and says it feels like home.

The 85-year-old was a picture of happiness as she enjoyed a special day at her care home in Purbrook.

Latham Lodge, in Stakes Road, was one of scores of care homes across the country opening their doors for National Care Home open day.

The day was an opportunity for relatives and prospective clients to tour the facilities.

And for residents it was a chance to enjoy a party, with strawberry scone teas, a raffle, and entertainment from Purbrook singing act ‘The Simpsons’.

Teresa, who moved to Latham Lodge two years ago after spending most of her life living in Leigh Park and Bedhampton, said: ‘This is a wonderful place. The food is marvellous and the staff are wonderful.

‘You could not wish for a better place. You don’t have to do any washing up, cleaning or making beds. Every afternoon we have a game to play – bingo, dominoes, snakes and ladders, skittles. You never get bored.’

Teresa, who used to work in the men’s department at Allders department store in Portsmouth, laughed: ‘I tried the other day to count how many grandchildren I have – I gave up counting in the end. There must be 20 of them!’

Volunteers from Compass Associates – a healthcare recruitment agency in Cosham – helped on the day.

Rachel Kraan, 23, and Jade Forbes, 27, both recruitment consultants, helped by becoming waitresses for the afternoon for the residents.

Kay Wainwright, manager, said: ‘We have had about 20 to 25 people through the doors today.

‘The residents have enjoyed it. They enjoy people coming into their home.

‘This home has been here for about 30 years and is very well-established. It’s part of this whole community.’