FREE suites have been given to care homes in the North East as part of an initiative to tackle loneliness among the elderly.
Desser & Co, a furniture manufacturer and retailer based in Manchester, has donated rattan suites to Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, and The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough.
The initiative aims to tackle loneliness “one bum on a seat at a time” by “creating the perfect spot for you to have a chin wag, catch up on the latest gossip and make a new friend or two”, according to Desser.
Bannatyne Lodge, The Beeches and The Gables are three of eight homes operated by the Hill Care Group to receive the Desser suites – including a sofa and two chairs.
David Stewart, sales manager at Desser, said: “We wanted to give something back to the community that has supported us during our 100 years.
“Having all had family that have relied on care homes and with an ageing population, the importance of care homes and the issue of loneliness is as important as ever and something we wanted to support.
“Hill Care is a very well-respected company with care homes across the UK. We thought they would be the perfect partnership who could not only receive the donation but push the idea of tackling loneliness.
“Their passion towards providing the correct care and environment for the elderly community in need is exactly the type of company we at Desser support.”
Lynn McMillan, home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, said: “We are so grateful to Desser for choosing our home for their “Take a Seat” initiative.
“We have taken delivery of our rattan suite and our residents and visitors are loving it. It’s incredibly comfortable and manufactured to the highest quality. It fits perfectly with the rest of our furniture.
“Loneliness is a major issue among the elderly and something we are fully committed to tackling. We always open our doors to the local community when we run events and have an extensive network of community partnerships.”