Ipswich Care Home enters 40th year
Established in the 70's, Ormode Christian Home is looking towards its 40th anniversary in 2016.
Ormonde Christian Home for the Elderly is a long-established residential care home in the centre of Ipswich, opening its doors to the Christian community in 1976. Almost 40 years on and the heart of the organisation hasn’t changed.
Originally founded by a group of Christians largely located in the South East of Ipswich, Ormonde Christian Home was born out of a desire to see elderly Christians cared for when they feel they are no longer able or wanting to take care of themselves, in a specifically Christian centred care home.
Today, the home can care for up to 13 residents at any one time and offers bespoke 24-hour care – both for permanent residents and for respite care.
As a home, they hold fast to the words of the apostle Paul, who wrote: ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Ormonde is run by a small management team who are overseen by a board of trustees who come from different local churches in Ipswich. Together with the rest of the care staff, they work hard to ensure every resident feels a part of the Ormonde family, and that both their physical and spiritual needs are met.
Rose, the care manager, said, “When you lose mobility because you are old and frail and you cannot manage to go to church because of different issues, it’s like bringing God into the home. There’s satisfaction knowing that you’ve offered something to somebody...It’s not just a job to me, there’s the Christian side as well that is satisfying”.
“There are residents who used to go to church when they were younger but they can’t remember much and sometimes when you’re singing hymns, they will start clapping and remember those good years and when they were young. It’s like finding hope in your last days”.
“It’s nice sometimes to listen to their stories and what they’ve been through in life, sometimes when talking to them you can see a young girl in an old woman. I gain a lot of wisdom from them”.
There’s plenty to see and do. Positioned on the edge of Christchurch Park, with a large landscaped garden to the rear, residents are able to look out and see the changing seasons and admire God’sbeautiful handiwork.
There is also an activities co-ordinator providing a weekly program of events and outings.
Once a year Ormonde arranges a Fete, bringing supporters, friends and families of residents together to fundraise for Ormonde in what is a very friendly, family-oriented day.
Volunteers are a crucial part of Ormonde’s work. They come in to provide short bible teachings, as well as times of prayer and worship, which are invaluable to the residents that live there.
Full article can be found printed in the 2nd edition of our EG Magazine. Click here to read.
To learn more about Ormonde Christian Home or how you can get involved, please call 01473 215073