It’s 100 years and counting for Emily Christmas, who is a resident at Avante’s Care and Support care home, “Riverdale Court” in Welling. Born on the 4th of January 1914, Emily has lived through two World Wars and seen four Monarchs on the Throne.
Emily was born in Bethnal Green and whilst watching ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ the family noticed Emily lived a couple of doors down from Len Goodman from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Emily had been a dress maker before she married and after her husband passed away she returned to work in a Grocers Shop and then a Bakery.
Emily was very quiet about turning 100 and didn’t want a big party or a lot of fuss, so on her actual birthday Annette Kelly, one of the Activities Co-ordinators for Riverdale Court organised a little tea party for her suite, which included a little cockney sing song, as Emily is proud she is a cockney. On the following day Emily’s family all visited to have a small family gathering to celebrate her special milestone.
Annette Kelly, Activities Co-ordinator said; “Emily is a wonderful person and everyone here is very excited by her 100th birthday. It’s amazing to think of all the history she has lived through. It is always a wonderful celebration here at Riverdale Court when a resident celebrates their 100th birthday and we wish her well on her special day.”
Emily came to live at Riverdale Court in March 2011, where residents receive specialist 24-hour dementia care and support.
At the heart of Avante Care and Supports work is its Philosophy of Care, where staff encourage social interaction, engagement and the eradication of boredom. Interests and hobbies are developed within the care homes and many opportunities to meet and make new friends are provided. For more information go to http://www.avantepartnership.co.uk/avantecareandsupport/