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Care Homes and Assisted Living

Increasing advances in technology, healthcare and lifestyles mean that we live in an ageing society, which brings both opportunities and of course inevitable challenges. The recent research from the Office of National Statistics reports that in 1997, around one in every six people were aged 65 years and over, increasing to one in every five people in 2017 and is projected to reach around one in every four people by 2037.

With the fastest growing part of our population now aged over 85 years, more of us will face the challenge of losing some of our independence as we grow older. Moving into residential care is undoubtedly a critical life experience, as the person relinquishes the safety of their own home and all the memories that are held there. The hope is that moving into residential accommodation will not only provide a place of safety, but also a place where the individual will receive holistic care in an environment that is nurturing and in which each person can flourish physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Caraway supports teams from the local church to provide a listening presence and companionship for residents, together with families and staff, irrespective of their beliefs. A monthly Christian Act of Worship is also offered that is accessible for those with and without faith. Developing relationships is at the heart of providing spiritual care in our Care Homes, as we help residents discover joy, hope and meaning in the midst of the reality of increasing frailty, possible regret and facing the end of life.

In the future Caraway hopes to develop a network of companions that will be able to visit those who are particularly isolated, vulnerable and receive only a few visitors, providing friendship and support.

There has been recent media coverage about the benefits of children visiting care homes and intergenerational nurseries have been shown to reduce loneliness in older people, improving both their mental and physical well-being. Our own experience of bringing the generations together has also highlighted these benefits, awakening memories, prompting smiles and laughter, along with a real sense of well-being and energy apparent across all those participating. Caraway hopes to engage with similar projects across the City, encouraging local nurseries and schools to build relationships with a local residential facility.


Caraway is a registered charity. Support us to resource our older community.


You do see your friends and neighbours, all being brought in. It’s a relaxed atmosphere . It means you do feel included in the church family. We’re a very close family and have friends of friends of friends, but the young people, they don’t have anybody . It continued church as I haven’t been so well lately after a fall. My balance is poor and my voice isn’t what it used to be, and I love to sing. I always knew when it was time to get up as I could hear Grandma in the kitchen, she sang

Liz’s Mum

I do enjoy all of it. I think the service at the start is good. I know some people find the little figures a bit patronising, but the discussions are good and it's good to meet up with friends and it's good to see all the displays. It does make you think. It’s the companionship and the friendliness. It’s just a pleasant few hours really. I think it’s nice to be using the church for a truly worshipping session.


Why do you come as a volunteer to help with events like Vintage Adventure in church?  …Well, as I’m getting older, I realise that for an awful lot of the elderly, they’ve not got very long left to get to know the lord So I think this generation is the most important ministry. If you’re in with students and you mess it up, they’ve got a whole lifetime when they can met somebody who will correct it. We haven’t got that luxury so this is a very important ministry and I just want to do my little bit.

Rob Childs

I come to Vintage Adventure because , being a single person, it’s good to come to places where I meet people and I think in a big church, any groups, be it for young or old to meet people on a much smaller scale is really important like homegroups  I think it is very good for the older generation to be catered for because they have certain emphases.

Pat ( Scottish dancer)