Society has changed dramatically since the charity Methodist Homes (now MHA) was established in 1943. We live in a rapidly ageing society. The number of people aged 85 and over is projected to rise by 75% within the next 20 years.
The number of people with dementia is growing steadily, and is around 870,000 within the United Kingdom.
MHA is a major provider of not-for-profit care homes, housing and support services for older people throughout Britain. It delivers a range of services to over 18,000 individuals with approximately:
- 5,000 older people living in 90 care homes — residential, nursing and specialist dementia care.
- 2,500 older people living independently in 72 retirement living communities with flexible support and personalised care.
- 10,500 older people supported through 62 Live at Home services in the community.
These services are delivered by 7,000 dedicated staff and 5,000 committed volunteers. Together they make a real difference to the lives of the older people they serve.
MHA places special emphasis on the spiritual, as well as the physical, wellbeing of each person in its care. All homes and housing have a chaplain to supply pastoral support. MHA is at the forefront of quality dementia services. It delivers specifically designed care and support for those suffering from dementia, and for those who care for them.
With prayer and financial giving, members of the Thames Valley Methodist Circuit continue to show their commitment to the older people in our society by supporting MHA's work of caring.
If you would like to know more about the work of MHA, visit its website.