Looking after your Gran with #sharethelove.

Looking after your Gran with #sharethelove.

Last week I had the chance to treat my Grandma. Fairfield Care paid for us to have afternoon tea and a place of my choice and so I picked Vinteas in Leamington Spa.

We enjoyed the stereotypical sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cake, washed down with lashings of coffee (our preferred beverage). It was great to get out and spoil my Gran, plus spending the time with Isabelle is always so precious for her.

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My little “treasure” was, unfortunately, in a bad mood and made sure the whole cafe knew about it. So I had my first embarrassed mum moment when I was desperately trying to calm down a tantruming toddler with everyone looking on. We ended up having to cut the day short and come home due to her miserable demeanour. But, luckily, we were able to wrap our cake up to bring home for later, thank God. After suffering the screaming cake was very much required. Once we settled her down for a nap, my Gran and I got onto chatting and putting the world to rights, something we’ve enjoyed doing together for years.

I am a big advocate for looking after your elderly family members (sorry for calling you elderly Grandma) and local neighbours. We have a lovely lady live opposite us, and both my neighbour and I look out for her by doing her gardening or taking her bits of shopping. I’m planning on inviting her over for a roast dinner soon, I’m hoping she doesn’t have a too busy social schedule like my Gran does, I need to book in my Bingo trips and days out weeks in advance with her.

I watch programmes like 24 hours in A&E and cry at how lonely the elderly can be; when their children seem to forget about them and they have no one else. So I joined forces with Fairfield Care and Campaign to End Loneliness to try and remind people to love their elders as part of the competition #sharethelove. Time is so precious and we need to make the most of it.

I also think it’s so important to squeeze your Nanny or Grandad and to learn as much as you can about their lives. I wanted to know all about my Grandma’s life so I bought her this book to fill in for me. Which she is doing in earnest.

Thank you, Grandma. I really can’t wait to read it.

What would you treat your Grandparent’s too, if you could?

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