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5 Generations Come Together At A Care Home In Ixworth

A care home in Ixworth witnessed a special moment as five generations of a local family came together.

Betty Branch (92), resident at The Beeches Residential Care Home was surprised by her daughter, Patricia Frost (72), her granddaughter Maria Merchant (42), her great granddaughter Lauren Merchant (24), and her baby boy Louis who just turned two months old.

Betty’s great granddaughter, who is very proud of her new baby, requested that the five generations pose for a photo together as this was a unique opportunity for their family, and one that so many don’t get to experience.

Betty has been living at The Beeches for two and a half years where she receives specialised dementia care.

She has a fading memory and doesn’t remember all of her family but she enjoyed getting her photo taken and thought it was a “lovely day”.

Patricia, Betty’s daughter, who lives locally and visits often, said: “I was very proud of our wonderful family. I am glad that mum has found her home at The Beeches, I don’t have to worry about her at all.”

Betty has a big tight knit family; she was married for 60 years and worked at a clothing factory until she retired.

At The Beeches, she enjoys being in the garden and needlework, two hobbies she has always been fond of. Earlier in her life, Betty loved dressmaking and made her daughter’s wedding dress; she also loved gardening and was very proud of her garden back home.

Bev Shave, deputy manager at The Beeches said: “It was wonderful to witness five generations coming together at our care home.

“At The Beeches, we make sure that our residents have the opportunity to bond with their families through person-centred care and support. We make sure that families can rest assured knowing that their older relatives are safe and happy at our care home.”