Mak­ing fam­ily choices

Ex­tra Care op­tion gives cou­ples the chance to en­joy new chap­ter of life to­gether with sup­port when they need it, ex­plains Hay­ley Cheshire, ser­vice man­ager at Or­well Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

Let's Talk - - HOUSING -

Yvonne and David Baker cur­rently live at Pitches View in the Suf­folk vil­lage of Rey­don, where they now share a beau­ti­ful one-bed­room flat. Their fam­ily un­der­stood the im­por­tance of set­tling Yvonne and David into a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment as David, aged 83, is liv­ing with de­men­tia.

Wife, Yvonne ex­plains: “We have lived in Wang­ford in a lovely fam­ily home all of our mar­ried lives, sur­rounded by our fam­ily - we are lucky that our chil­dren are still lo­cal. When David was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia, life did change for us and I found that I was un­able to leave David for any pe­riod of time. I did not want to be split up from liv­ing from him, but knew I had to have help care for him. We there­fore, as a fam­ily, de­cided to look at ways we could stay to­gether but have the care that David needed.

“We had heard some won­der­ful re­ports about Pitches View, and when a flat be­came avail­able we made the move from our house to an en­vi­ron­ment where David re­ceives care, but we still have our own in­de­pen­dence as a cou­ple. The process to move went very smoothly and ev­ery­one at Pitches View has been so wel­com­ing, kind, sin­cere and help­ful.”

So how have Yvonne and David found liv­ing in Ex­tra Care ac­com­mo­da­tion?

“We have set­tled in and are ex­tremely happy,” says Yvonne. “It is re­as­sur­ing to know that the staff are on hand to help us when we need them. It was a big move for us, leav­ing our home, but I now have com­pany and am able to so­cialise if I want to, know­ing David is safe. We have so­cial events, en­ter­tain­ment, we can do things to­gether or be alone in our flat. The com­pany is there though if I need it.”

Or­well Hous­ing has prop­er­ties through­out Suf­folk, pro­vid­ing self-con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion and com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties, all with a 24-hour, seven days a week trained team of car­ers. It can also pro­vide per­son­alised care plans to suit res­i­dents’ needs, along with ad­di­tional ser­vices to as­sist with clean­ing, shopping, laun­dry and other daily needs. The aim of their ac­com­mo­da­tion is to pro­mote in­de­pen­dent liv­ing in a safe sup­ported en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, there is also the abil­ity to make your own choices and take con­trol of your life.

It pro­vides a real al­ter­na­tive to res­i­den­tial care, al­low­ing not just sin­gle in­de­pen­dent per­son but also cou­ples to stay to­gether, hav­ing the added ben­e­fit of still con­trol­ling their own home.

Or­well Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is happy to show in­ter­ested peo­ple around the Ex­tra Care prop­er­ties, where you can view the ac­com­mo­da­tion and com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties and chat to tenants who al­ready live in them, and get the an­swers to your ques­tions to help you see if it is the right choice for you.

Pitches View in Suf­folk. IN­SET: Ex­tra Care Hous­ing en­ables peo­ple to live in­de­pen­dently, know­ing that the sup­port is there for when they need it.

Plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for keep­ing ac­tive and hav­ing fun.

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