August 2018

Care home residents offer lasting love advice to young valentines


The residents at Caddington Grove care home, on London Road hope to inspire younger generations with their stories of romantic contentment.

Two wise ladies, Betty Herbert, 89 and Irene Atkinson, 86 have even taken to camera to share their experiences. 

Irene advises that young couples whose relationships are built on trust, equality and kindness stand the best chance of going the distance. She said "Treat each other equally and help each other all you can. Most importantly, learn to trust one another. Also, if you've had a fallout, never go to bed without making up - even if its just a kiss."

Betty added "Look after each other and be kind to one another. Also, be truthful. Don't start telling tales and lies when you don't have to."

"We met at work" said Betty of her husband. "He used to throw balls of paper at me! I said to him, 'throw your rubbish where you throw your love', and he said 'I am.'"

"I met my husband at school" shared Irene. "I thought, he's just right for me, that lad. He was very kind, he was my best friend."

These days, Betty and Irene hope the romantic advice they offer will help younger generations make a success of their relationships. Caddington Grove Home Manager, Martyn Dawes said it was a typically kind gesture made by their big-hearted residents. "Who better to take advice from than from our residents with such beautiful love stories? Hearing them talk about their partners is heart-warming and inspirational, the love shines through. But they don't sugar coat marriage and what hard work it is, in fact, they are very sensible and practical about the hard yards of lasting love. Their advice is invaluable to young couples because its genuine and honest. They want other people to enjoy the kind of happiness they both found."

This Valentine's Day our Caddington Grove residents will celebrate with a special Valentine's Day dinner laid on by our luxury care home in Dunstable. To find out more about Caddington Grove - get in touch with us on 01582 320750 or email [email protected]