Great Oaks to tackle loneliness this Christmas


Great Oaks care home in Bournemouth is inviting elderly members of the community, who would have been on their own this Christmas, to join its residents for Christmas Day lunch.

The care home has teamed up with Hope in the Community and Age UK Bournemouth, to find lonely members of the community to ensure they don’t spend the holiday alone. Father Christmas will be making a special appearance at the home to deliver a gift to each resident and guests on the day. After lunch Great Oaks’ dedicated activities manager has organised for carol singing and festive activities such as charades to take place for everyone to join in with if they wish.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager of Great Oaks, said: “Christmas is a time to be spent with loved ones and friends so it was important for us to work with Hope in the Community and Age UK to reach out to those who would have otherwise spent it alone.

“The wellbeing and happiness of our residents is central to our ethos but we also wish to extend this belief to our wider community. Our family at Great Oaks look forward to sharing this special time with our guests and hope to bring them joy this festive season.”

Great Oaks is the latest addition of an established family of care homes managed by Encore Care Homes, with two other care homes in Dorset and Hampshire. The 80-bed care home is fitted with state-of-the-art facilities, which are designed to enable staff to provide the highest standard of 24 hour, personalised care and ensure residents are comfortable and happy in their surroundings.

At the heart of its care culture, Encore is committed to providing respect, dignity and wellbeing to all residents. As a reputable employer, only the kindest and most qualified healthcare professionals are employed. Regular in-depth training and development programmes are also provided to all staff.

For more information please visit or call 01202 087444 to speak to a member of the team, or to make an appointment to view Great Oaks.


Note to editors:

Encore Care Homes manages three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, Hamble Heights in Fareham and Fairmile Grange on the grounds of Christchurch Hospital.

Great Oaks is the latest addition of an established family of care homes managed by Encore Care Homes.

Encore Care Homes’ values:

Our team delivers the highest quality of person-centred care because we encompass all aspects of wellbeing:

  • Nursing and dementia care
  • Modern and efficient facilities
  • Great nutrition and hydration
  • Engaging, enjoyable daily activities
  • Comfort and companionship

Most importantly we provide the feeling of true homeliness. So much so, that our little community often becomes the extension of the family for residents and relatives.

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