Care for the elderly
As do many families wherever possible Plymouth Brethren prefer to keep elderly people in their own homes as this helps maintain independence and dignity whilst saving public money – the Government seem to like this!
To give an example, Kathleen is a Plymouth Brethren widow who lives alone. At one time she had an extremely active life – driving her car, shopping, entertaining and attending church. Arthritis and advancing age were making it difficult for her to manage in her own home. A team of community members stepped in to help clear up the house, tidy the garden, do her shopping, and arrange meals and carers to come twice a day. Her car is now a wheelchair-accessible vehicle and members of the local Plymouth Brethren take her out every day to her friends’ houses and to church. The result? A very interesting and focused old lady who continues to live a satisfied life in her own home.
Nursing homes are sometimes needed particularly for specialist nursing care or dementia cases. Any patients in nursing homes are visited regularly, and indirectly this often brightens up the lives of other residents. Some Plymouth Brethren young folk visit nursing homes and provide musical entertainment which always goes down well.
Children show interest and respect for elderly people. Young and old mix together happily both in houses and at church.
Recently the question was asked: is there more you can do? The answer: “Yes, we could never do enough!”