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
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.