What it’s like to live in our retirement homes: Rose’s story

Rose had been thinking about applying to move to Southwood Court, our retirement home in Basildon, for a while. It was her daughter who persuaded her to take the final step and apply, and she’s pleased she did.

Rose spent more than 17 years of her career working at Pembroke’s, a specialist carton printer local to the Basildon area. At Pembroke’s, Rose worked in Quality Control, checking products were as high quality as they should be.

It was the right time for Rose to move, as living in her own home was becoming more difficult; “I had a house with a back garden and stairs, but the stairs were getting too much for me, and my daughter was worried,” Rose recalls.

Moving in to Southwood Court

Rose remembers being pleasantly surprised when she first viewed Southwood. “It was a lovely place. The flat itself is so airy, light and cosy.”

There are many things Rose enjoys about life at Southwood Court. Her move there has given her the chance to meet more people, and she regularly attends the breakfast club and fish and chip suppers organised by Home manager Jeanette. She is looking forward to enjoying the sun out in the garden in the summer.

Even though the apartments are for independent living, there’s always a chance for a good chat with other residents and staff. “It’s very friendly here. You can have company if you want company, but there’s no pressure – it’s up to you. Everyone talks to you, and the staff are really helpful,” she explains. “Everyone is there to help if anything goes wrong.”

To anyone considering a move to Southwood, Rose says: “I’d say to anyone it’s the best thing you can do, it’s really nice here. I’m very glad I came.”

There are currently vacancies at Southwood Court and the charity’s other retirement development, Beaverbrook House in Bletchley near Milton Keynes. To arrange to look around or discuss your circumstances, please contact our welfare team on 01293 542820 or email support@theprintingcharity.org.uk 

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