Lorraine joined Home Instead Senior Care six years ago and has gone on to become an asset to the company, going above and beyond her role and helping older people in her local community to eat nutritious, hearty meals and regain their love of food.
“When people get older their appetites
“You often begin to find people don’t have as much energy as they used to and that their clothes, watches or jewellery get that little bit looser. It’s small signs and things people often
“Often the older people I work with will tell me that they aren’t hungry or just want a sandwich, but usually the truth is they have fallen out of love with food and cooking. They just don’t feel like making a proper meal anymore.”Newcastle’s Soup Lady
Faced with more and more of her clients struggling to get a balanced diet and noticing the effects, Lorraine took it upon herself to become Newcastle’s very own Soup Lady.
“I started to see the effect that not eating or drinking properly has on clients. They get weaker and can get confused. I couldn’t just let this happen, so this is when I started going into clients’ homes and cooking them up big batches of soups and stews to get them eating again. A lot of older people will say that they’re not hungry but once they can smell you cooking they really start to perk up – nine times out of ten once they’ve got a big bowl of food in front of them they wolf it down despite earlier protests.
Caring is not something that she leaves behind at the end of the working day. Lorraine splits her spare time between caring for her own elderly mother, who Lorraine has supported through a life-saving lung cancer operation, and looking after her youngest grandchildren three days a week – but she says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’d be bored if I had nothing to do. I’m not one for going on long holidays to relax, I love caring for people and it’s not just me caring for them – I really do need them as much as they need me.”