A REDDITCH resident has been showing his appreciation for the staff and residents at a care home who he says saved his life.
In 2017, Adrian Guest suffered a a stroke which rendered him immobile for four years and affected his speech.
Over the past two years, Adrian has been able to use a wheelchair with the help of his home carer but didn’t have many opportunities to socialise with others.
However in December 2022, he visited Millcroft care home in Brockhill for one of their monthly lunches.
Manager Lyndsay Sard, said: “Our monthly lunches with the community are designed to help reduce loneliness in our area.
“It was wonderful for our residents to meet so many new people and form new friendships, and that’s when we met Adrian.
“He was fairly reserved when he first visited us for lunch, but since then he has become such a big part of our Millcroft family.”
Adrian now visits the residents at Millcroft every week for the home’s Chatty Café events, stopping by for a cuppa and chat.
He said: “Since coming to Millcroft, my speech has improved significantly.
“I am able to have conversations with others now which has also helped my confidence.
“My mobility is also starting to improve, I was recently able to get out of my wheelchair and sit at the dining table for the first time in six years – and I have the team at Millcroft to thank for this.
“This place really has saved my life – not to mention, the food here is absolutely gorgeous!”
Millcroft is continuing to invite people in the area to their Chatty Café every Wednesday from 10:30am until 1:30pm.
Lyndsay added: “It’s so wonderful to see how confident Adrian has become in such a short space of time.
“We’re always looking to support the people in our community in any way we can, so if you’re feeling a little lonely or you just fancy a cuppa with our lovely residents, please pop in! Our doors are always open.”
All are welcome to join Adrian and the Millcroft residents for a hot drink and homemade cakes.