“This is not a place to be missed if you get the opportunity to move in.”
Several of Matthew’s friends recommended Southwood Court to him and his daughter helped him to apply to the charity. His mother and three sisters had worked at Cahill Printers in Dublin so he was eligible through his direct family connection to the print sector.
It was a decision he doesn’t regret and has been a resident since 2018. “This is not a place to be missed if you get the opportunity to move in. It’s been great coming to live here, everything has worked out well. There’s a really nice atmosphere here and everyone gets on. And the staff are brilliant, second to none.”
He feels safe while maintaining his independence and is very happy living in the first-floor apartment he chose. When the weather’s fine, he enjoys the communal garden and conservatory.
Matthew often joins in with the social activities organised by the staff for residents but says there’s no pressure to do so if he doesn’t want to.
“It’s lovely to be close to my family, too. My sons and grandchildren are in and out of here all the time. And I still socialise locally, meeting my friends for a pint. It’s all part and parcel of keeping in touch and talking to other people.”