Seema Kennedy MP visits Finney House
On Thursday 6th April Seema Kennedy, conservative MP for South Ribble visited the Community Library at Finney House and officially opened the ground floor suite.
The Community Library which was set up to help integrate Finney House with the local community, provides a free book loan service and is an ideal place for local people over 65 to meet, make new friends, have a free cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a good book. The library which has been shortlisted for an Award at The Care Home Awards 2017 in the Best Use of Communal Space category is Finney House’s way of playing their part to help combat loneliness in the elderly. This is something which is close to Seema’s heart as her colleague Jo Cox was setting up The Loneliness Commission at the time she was murdered. In her memory this commission has now been renamed the ‘Jo Cox Commission’. The commission, which is a cross party initiative will look for practical solutions to reduce the impact of loneliness and Seema thought that the Community Library was an excellent example. Research has shown that more than a fifth of the British public privately admit they are ‘Always or often lonely’, but two thirds would never confess to suffering from loneliness in public. Loneliness has become a silent epidemic. Seema was delighted by how well the Community Library is working out and invited staff members to a summit on loneliness planned to take place later in the year.
Having seen the Community Library Seema was then taken on a tour of Finney House. She officially opened the ground floor which is a residential and general nursing suite and had the chance to meet and chat with residents about life in Finney House. She was amazed by the standard and variety of facilities available and agreed that it really was more like a five star hotel than a nursing home.
Life long Preston Football Club fan and first resident to move into Finney House Micheal delighted in showing Seema around the ground floor and Alan, a retired vicar showed off his bedroom and ensuite he enjoyed telling Seema about his family and the book he had written and had published.