Crouched Friars resident gets first tattoo at age of 74

After flying a plane earlier this year, Crouched Friars’ most adventurous resident Bernie, ticked off another bucket list item as she got her first tattoo at the ripe old age of 74.

Bernie Drysdale expressed her desire to get a tattoo to our care team a few months ago.

Activities Coordinator, Yvonne and senior care assistant Kerena helped Bernie find the right studio and choose the design. 


The experience


Our home manager Paulina accompanied Bernie to Black Hope Tattoo Studio in Colchester where she got her first tattoo on her forearm by the very talented tattooist Ellie. Bernie got her son’s name, Barry, his date of birth, and a thistle to represent her Scottish heritage. 

Bernie was thrilled with her tattoo. She said:  “I am so proud of my new tattoo, I absolutely love it.”

Everyone at Crouched Friars was so excited for Bernie. Paulina said: “I went with Bernie to get her tattoo and was blown away by her bravery, she sat there and didn’t make a sound. She’s the first resident we’ve helped to get a tattoo. We’re not sure if the trend will take off with everyone else, but who knows!”



Crouched Friars Dignity Action Day promise


This year, all of us at Crouched Friars have worked towards granting wishes for our residents as part of our commitment to Dignity Action Day. We want to provide person-centred care and dignified outcomes for all our residents. Throughout this year, we have helped residents’ wishes come true including eating favourite meals, learning how to jive, and going to see Sir Tom Jones live in concert.

Home manager Paulina said: “To help residents like Bernie achieve lifelong dreams is so rewarding. Seeing the smile on her face and seeing the staff admiring her new tattoo, making her feel so proud, is just amazing.”

If you’d like to know more about Crouched Friars, call us at 01206 572647 or drop by for a chat at our lovely care home in Colchester.

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