Care home did my late pal Jimmy proud
I’m writing this to everyone at Ashdene Court on behalf of my late friend Jimmy Hooper, who was recently in their care. I believe that he’d want me to write this and it’s important that I do this in his memory.
Jimmy was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and the past year and a half in particular had been so bad for him, having to go in and out of hospital and move into a care home.
The first care home he moved into was really unsuitable for him and he was in a bad place. Jimmy had always been a private man and as his dementia progressed, as is very common, he regressed and found all the change very difficult.
He would spend all his time in his room and he was not interested in talking to anyone or settling into the place. In this time I felt that his dementia got much worse very quickly and I feared that all of my memories I had of him would involve him being unhappy.
I made the decision to move out of Glasgow to Crieff and, during this time, I discovered Ashdene Court care home. I knew immediately that this would be right for Jimmy, so I took him to see it and he fell in love with it.
Within a few weeks of moving into Ashdene Court he improved dramatically and settled in very quickly. He loved the place and I felt that he treated it as his home. In hospital and in his previous care home he would always ask about going home, but he didn’t do this at Ashdene Court and he opened up to everyone in a way that I had never seen before. He enjoyed speaking to the staff and other residents, and would enjoy sitting in the dining room and taking part in everything.
When we were out for walks he would say things like: “I hope no one’s sitting in my chair” and: “I hope their still open when we get back.” This was comforting to me, knowing that he felt safe and settled. This was a joy to see and will make for some great memories, after all the bad things that had happened in the year leading up to this.
All the staff were so welcoming to Jimmy and I, and I felt that they treated us both as family. Everyone went above and beyond the call of duty and made us feel so much at ease. The attention and warmth shown to us made this difficult time much easier and ensured that Jimmy was happy in the final stage of his life.
I don’t feel that enough recognition is given to care staff and the very difficult job that they do. The service was top quality and I know that nothing more could have been done for us and I am truly grateful for everything. I would highly recommend Ashdene Court to anyone in similar circumstances to us and again I wish to express my gratitude to everyone who Jimmy and I had the pleasure of meeting over the past few months.
I will not only miss Jimmy now that he’s gone, but I will miss everyone at Ashdene Court who had come to feel like family. The place truly is a one-off and I will miss not having it in my life.
On behalf of myself and James Stevenson Hooper, who died on October 13, 2017, aged 85 years, thank you Ashdene Court.