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‘Seeing their happiness and excitement is incredibly rewarding’

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Fred Dawson was given a day out to remember as the lifelong enthusiast for World War 2 aircraft was taken to the Royal Air Force museum in Hendon. Fred struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration but Henbrook House at St Neots felt the outing was just the tonic he needed.

He was accompanied by several enthusiastic friends from the home to see some of his favourite military memorabilia up close.

Fred had found himself struggling to see the pictures in his much-loved books, so the care home staff decided to bring those images alive for Fred by helping him to experience them directly.

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Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration.

Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration. He took a group of friends along for the ride!

Brian Moore, events manager at Henbrook House who attended the trip, said: “The trip to Hendon was such a lovely day out with Fred and the gang.

“These kinds of visits not only boost morale, but they also help residents step out of their comfort zones by rediscovering old passions.

“Seeing their happiness and excitement is incredibly rewarding, and it only underlines for us why resident-led care is so crucial.”

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common condition which tends to start affecting people in their 50s and 60s.

One of the other residents of the home also enjoyed the visit to Hendon

One of the other residents of the home also enjoyed the visit to Hendon

Whilst it does not cause total blindness, it can make everyday activities like reading and recognising faces difficult. About a quarter of a million people in the UK have severe impairment or blindness due to advanced AMD.

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James Chandler, customer relationship manager at Henbrook House, said: “Most of the care industry tends to gaslight resident-led approaches to care, despite many examples of it working wonders.

“By listening to our residents and prioritizing their individual dreams and interests, we create bespoke activities that truly enhance their quality of life.

“We firmly believe this model of personalised care is the future of the industry; and we look forward to continue putting it into practice at Henbrook”.

Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration.

Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration.

Henbrook House hosted its launch in St Neots at a ‘champagne and canapes’ evening on 12 April. It was opened by Connaught Care.

Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration.

Henbrook House in St Neots took resident Fred Dawson for a visit to RAF Hendon. Fred is a lifelong enthusiast for WWII aircraft who sadly struggles to study the subject due to visual impairment caused by macular degeneration.

You can learn more at the home’s website: Home – Henbrook House

Connaught opened Henbrook House on April 2, 2024, in St Neots. Five more homes are planned for 2024-2025 at locations like Swindon, Chichester, Stratford-upon-Avon, Crawley, and Bishop’s Stortford.

Full list here: Our Homes – Connaught Care

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