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Meet The Care Home Residents Sharing Their Secrets To Help Younger Generations With Self-Confidence

Teju at Brookwater House care home being pampered

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From telling someone they’re beautiful to taking pride in appearance, residents at Brookwater House Care Home in Enfield have shared their heartwarming secrets to finding self-confidence, to inspire the younger generations.

With an average age of 86, the residents we spoke to at Brookwater House certainly know a thing or two about celebrating individuality.

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Here are the residents’ timeless secrets to finding self-confidence:

  • ‘Beauty isn’t just on the outside, it’s on the inside as well’ - Teju (61 years old)

  • ‘You are born unique for a reason. It’s important to accept it’ - Ray (88 years old)

  • ‘Treat your body with respect’ - Meryll (97 years old)

  • ‘Feel good about yourself’ - Audrey (88 years old)

  • ‘Remember to treat yourself’- Frances (98 years old)

During a glamorous day, residents also enjoyed a relaxing pamper session, including manicures and hairstyling from local beauty students at Barnet Southgate College. This was followed by a photoshoot and social lunch, where the residents shared their pearls of wisdom for younger generations.


61-year-old Teju, a resident at Brookwater House, had plenty of words of wisdom to share with younger generations when it came to finding inner beauty.

In a world where social media often takes centre stage, comparing yourself to others is easier than ever. However, Teju believes it’s important to celebrate your individuality.

She shared, “Don’t look at others. Be yourself and be confident in who you are. Don't try to be somebody else - you are unique.”

Teju - care home resident at Brookwater House


88-year-old Ray, another resident at Brookwater House, also believes self-acceptance and celebrating your individuality is the key to self-confidence.

Ray proudly shared, “You are born unique for a reason. It’s important to accept it”.

He believes taking pride in your appearance can boost your self-esteem, and “a good haircut, fresh shave, smart shirt and compliments” make him feel good.

Ray gets his haircut weekly in the salon at Brookwater House and jokingly shared how his beauty regime is like that of Prince Charles or President Biden - keeping him looking like a gentleman at all times.

Ray - care home resident at Brookwater House


Meryll also had plenty of life lessons for finding inner beauty to share with younger generations.

She believes “beauty is all about your energy”, and the key to spreading positive energy is "listening to your body and treating your body with respect".

Meryll’s highlight of the day was the photo shoot, and she was a natural in front of the camera! Growing up, her uncle was a photographer, and throughout her childhood, she had many fond memories captured on camera.

Meryll emphasised that candid pictures hold a deeper meaning and that younger generations today often place too much pressure on themselves to look "perfectly posed" in every photo they share.

Meryll - care home resident at Brookwater House

The Importance Of Learning Life Lessons From Older Generations

In a digital world, it's easier than ever before to have an insight into other people's lives through social media. As a result, we often compare ourselves to others more than ever.

The timeless wisdom and advice shared by the residents at Brookwater House is not only a reminder that there are so many lessons we can learn from older generations, but also serves as a perfect example of how true self-confidence is nurtured through experiences, embracing uniqueness and treating others with kindness.

The pamper day and photoshoot perfectly capture the essence of this confidence, reminding us all that beauty comes from within and radiates with age.

That’s why initiatives like this one at Brookwater House not only inspire, but also bring generations together, creating a sense of belonging, and it has been truly heartwarming to be a part of.

Care Home Manager Daniela Danciulescu shares the joy of those involved:

As we age, it's really important to stay connected to others and your local community. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be able to bring generations together through activities like these at our home.

Our residents truly cherished the opportunity to share their life experiences and wisdom with younger generations, offering invaluable advice on finding self-confidence. It was so lovely to see younger generations inspired by the words of wisdom shared by Audrey, Meryll, Frances, Ray, and Teju.

The combination of a pamper day, followed by a glamorous photoshoot and social lunch, brought joy to everyone involved and created a memorable and empowering experience for our residents.

Here’s What Brookwater House Has To Offer

Brookwater House is one of North London’s most popular care homes.

Brookwater House care home exterior

This care home caters for numerous care needs, and offers the following types of care:

This brand new care home also boasts a range of amazing facilities, including:

  • An activity room
  • A beauty salon
  • A spa
  • A cinema room
  • Communal and private dining areas
  • Idyllic gardens for relaxation on a warm afternoon

We're delighted to provide two exclusive offers at Brookwater House Care Home:

Permanent Care - Get 2 weeks of free care after 6 months of residency

Respite Care - Get £50 off per week for 3+ weeks of respite care

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