Son’s pledge to ‘first-class’ Sunderland home that cared for mum

The late Peggy Hubbard, mum of Denis McCain, who was cared for in Ashlea Lodge Care Home.

The late Peggy Hubbard, mum of Denis McCain, who was cared for in Ashlea Lodge Care Home.

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A BEREAVED son has praised a Sunderland care home for the way his mum was looked after in her final years.

 Denis McCain was so impressed with the love and devotion shown to his mother, Peggy Hubbard, that he plans to continue supporting Ashlea Lodge Care Home and its other residents, through fund-raising, donations and visits.

Denis McCain who wants to say thank you to Ashlea Lodge Care Home where his mum was looked after.

Denis McCain who wants to say thank you to Ashlea Lodge Care Home where his mum was looked after.

 The 67-year-old, from High Barnes, has also urged others to become more involved with their local care homes and recognise the fantastic job many of them do.

 Dad-of-two Denis, became the main carer for dementia-sufferer Peggy several years ago, but as her health deteriorated he had to make the heart-breaking decision to move Peggy into care.

 He said his mum had two fantastic years at the home, in Hylton Road, before she died at the age of 93 in November.

 Denis, a retired taxi driver, added: “You hear some bad things about care homes and it does make you nervous when you need a loved one to live there.

 “But Ashlea Lodge is just first-class, the devotion to the residents is second to none and I really want to thank them for everything they did for my mum and for us as a family.”

 As soon as we walked through the door we could feel what a wonderful place it is. Nothing was ever too much trouble and everyone there became like extended family.

 “It makes such a huge difference to the peace of mind of relatives when they know their loved one is being properly cared for – it made life a whole lot easier for me.”

 Diane Wilson, manager at Ashlea Lodge, said she was touched that Denis had contacted the Echo to thank them.

 She said: “It is lovely of him and it is nice to be recognised for what we do. But, it’s a bit embarrassing, because this is just what we do, what we want to do and enjoy doing.”