Cherry Hinton Care Home, located in Cambridge and part of TLC care group, asked their residents ‘what are the secrets to a long and happy relationship’? ahead of valentines day which falls on Tuesday the 14th February this year. Here are just some of their responses:
“Always be kind and take your partner out” – Louis, 91
“Don’t boss them around, it is important to spend time with friends and have your own hobbies. Be open and communicate with each other always” – Beryl, 83
“Honesty is the best policy, show love everyday and not just valentines day” – Barbara, 97
“Its important to show your partner how much you love them, maybe with a gift or a meal, cherish your time together” – Marion, 88
“Avoid talking to other women, if you want to be happy. Happy wife-happy life” – Ananda, 91
It’s very clear that residents at the home have the ‘top tips’ to a long and happy relationship and team members feel they can ‘learn a trick or two’ from them and apply it to their own relationships.
Abbie McMahon, wellbeing coordinator said
“It was so lovely to hear the residents stories as they reminisced their loved ones and shared their valentines traditions. It was so heart-warming to hear that the love for their partners is still just as strong as it was all those years ago. Some of our residents were married for over 60 years, so I thought it would be great to get their advice for the younger generation. We all deserve love and happiness, and I think its important to take advice from our elders who have experienced very long and happy marriages”.