Having undergone a complex heart procedure and experienced related health problems such as reduced mobility, Eddie knew that he needed to move into sheltered housing.
This is his story…
Having secured a place at Ashbourne Crescent in Cheshire in 2009, he says that making the move made a real difference to his life. Emergency response staff are available and on hand to be called out if Eddie has a fall or is affected by an acute health problem. He says, “the team are able to contact the emergency services on my behalf if I need them to, which is important.”
When he’s particularly vulnerable, Eddie gets daily calls and visits to check on his wellbeing. He is grateful to be supported to stay independent for as long as possible and also be encouraged to access community groups and other social events as part of the scheme.
Eddie says that he would have been very isolated if he’d had to stay in his previous home. Without sheltered accommodation there is the possibility that he would have had to move to a nursing home which he wouldn’t have wanted.
Reflecting on his time at the scheme, Eddie says, “I feel less isolated in supported housing, more secure and able to maintain own independence.”