Vil­lage: all about feel­ing at home

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Les Hinch­cliffe is the first to ad­mit you should do your home­work first, es­pe­cially when your qual­ity of life is at is­sue. But he’s cer­tain he got it right first time with Sun­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage .

‘‘One look was enough,’’ he says. ‘‘My daugh­ter and sis­ter-in-law thought the same - they’d fallen in love with it so the de­ci­sion was easy.’’

Les had lost his wife 18 months pre­vi­ously and felt he was rat­tling around his Lyn­field home, not get­ting any younger. Bupa had re­cently com­pleted the Sun­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, and with his daugh­ter liv­ing nearby Les de­cided it was the per­fect lo­ca­tion, close to fam­ily and friends.

He’s more than happy with his de­ci­sion.

‘‘I find the peo­ple so friendly; ev­ery­one seems to care about you, from the staff to the res­i­dents. No­body in­ter­feres with your ev­ery­day liv­ing, you can have as much pri­vacy as you want if that’s your wish ... but there’s good com­pany here.’’

The vil­lage caters for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, and ex­tra ser­vices can be pro­vided as re­quired.

As some­one cater­ing for him­self, Les finds it handy to go down to the din­ing room for meals sev­eral times a week. Along with most of the res­i­dents he also loves the cin­ema; films are shown in the vil­lage theatre (com­plete with ice creams!) on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Les also knows his son and daugh­ter have the peace of mind that there’s a hos­pi­tal fa­cil­ity on site if needed. All in all it’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘I was on my own. All of a sud­den I’ve got more ‘fam­ily’, peo­ple to talk to and share good times with. I do feel I’ve come out of my shell be­cause of the com­pany here in the vil­lage.’’

Bupa Sun­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage now has only six lovely one-bed­room apart­ments avail­able.

Give Su­san a call on 027 807 5509, she would love to take you on a tour of the vil­lage.

Les Hinch­cliffe en­joy­ing life at Sun­set re­tire­ment vil­lage.

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