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Thirsk carer goes that ‘extra mile’ for a resident.

Lynn Billingham - 11 July 2022

Louise Miles, carer at Sowerby House Care Home in Thirsk, which is part of the We Care Group, certainly went the ‘extra mile’ to bring a smile to the face of resident Megan Herring.

Megan, who has been a resident in the home since February this year was looking a bit down, so concerned carer Louise tried to cheer her up and find out what the problem was. To Louise’s surprise Megan expressed a wish to go home for a couple of hours, when Louise probed further as to why, it was due to the fact that she was missing her beloved piano that she had played since she was 3 years old. 

Quick thinking Louise thought of the ideal solution! She was sure that the home had had one, years before, that was unused and unloved. After a quick rummage in activities room she found exactly what she was looking for, an electric organ!

Megan, who is 89 years old, couldn’t be happier and the smile on her face certainly backs that up!

Asked whether she was pleased with the new edition to her room she said ‘Delighted! The keyboard has a slightly different feel to a piano but I think with a bit of practice I should be able to get used to it”

Marie Adams, Manager at Sowerby House “It is lovely to hear Megan playing the organ and playing the music from memory, as she can no longer read the music. It just goes to show that little things can make a big difference. Well done Louise!”

Piriya Suresparan, Operations Manager, We Care Group said “It is lovely to hear how caring the team are and how quickly they pick up on changes in residents and more importantly act quickly, to cheer them up. It is wonderful that Louise remembered the electric organ which has brought such pleasure to Megan. I look forward to hearing Megan play next time I visit.”

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