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Resident dances her way into Hamble Heights Hundred Club

One of our fantastic Encore Care Homes residents has danced her way into the ‘Hamble Heights Hundred Club’ as she celebrated her milestone 100th birthday.

Hamble Heights care home resident Joan Mackenzie celebrated her 100th birthday with a special party and a card from HRH The Queen.

Joan Mackenzie, who lives our Hamble Heights care home in Fareham, became the first member of this year’s ‘Hamble Heights Hundred Club.’ Joan enjoyed dancing to a live musician with her fellow friends at our care home with a backdrop of a huge ‘Happy 100 birthday’ banner, followed by tea and cake with her son, Stuart, and daughter, Gill.

Joan lived in her own home until she turned 99 when her family decided that she deserved to put her feet up and receive some TLC from our Hamble Heights team. Joan was 17 when she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and worked her work up to becoming a sergeant in the army. She remembers taking a group of her junior colleagues to a dance where the late performer, Glen Miller, was playing.

Hamble Heights care home resident Joan Mackenzie celebrated her 100th birthday with a special party attended by her fellow residents.

Joan later became a senior lecturer at college where she remembers teaching business studies and has travelled across the world, with time spent living in Cairo, Austria, and Madrid, as well as visiting her brother who lived in Sydney. Joan is a cherished grandmother to three grandchildren and three great-children.

Despite being a centenarian, she still loves to exercise, enjoys choosing her clothing each day, and likes listening to talking books provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), as she experiences some macular degeneration which affects her eyesight.

Hamble Heights care home resident Joan Mackenzie celebrated her 100th birthday with a special party. Pictured residents (Joan right) and staff enjoy a dance.

Vanessa Duggan, Wellbeing Manager at Hamble Heights, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to help our oldest resident, Joan, to celebrate her 100th birthday as the first of three residents who will join our Hamble Heights Hundred Club this year.

Vanessa added: “We are so lucky to have Joan at Hamble Heights as she is a fabulous friend to so many residents and our care staff. It was heart-warming to see Joan get on her feet and dance with the other residents who love the parties and events that we organise, as it’s a chance to get together and have some fun.”

Encore Hamble Heights care home resident Joan Mackenzie celebrated her 100th birthday with a special party.

As well as Hamble Heights, the Encore Care Homes family includes Great Oaks in Bournemouth, Oakdale in Poole and Fairmile Grange in Christchurch.

Our team provides care for residential, nursing, dementia and Alzheimer’s, palliative, and respite residents. This includes a dedicated Wellbeing team in each care home who are on hand to organise fun activities to support each resident’s physical, emotional, and holistic wellbeing.

For more information on booking a tour of our care homes and to learn more about the care services available at Encore Care Homes, visit the Our Care page.