A poll from Sunrise Senior Living of Elstree, in Edgwarebury Lane, Elstree, shows 73 per cent of adults in the UK would prefer their elderly relatives to be with them over the New Year and Christmas break.
The poll also revealed that 41 per cent of people say they are concerned about being alone themselves during the holidays when they are older, but 25 per cent say they worry about being able to look after their elderly relatives during the festive season.
Regina Heneghan, general manager at Sunrise of Elstree, said: “The poll shows we need to change perceptions of what life is like at a care home – not only at Christmas but all year round. It’s a completely different experience from what many people might think. They are lively, happy places.
“Christmas day at Sunrise of Elstree is just like being at home. We have a big lunch with all the trimmings, we sing songs and play games. Whilst many residents’ families come and visit them, for those who are alone, our care staff and other residents are their family.
“With a quarter of people concerned about being able to look after elderly relatives, care homes shouldn’t be seen as a last resort. There are many different care options which can be considered – whether it is longer term care or short term, respite care.”