Eric was first admitted to hospital with a drink-related condition; he had blocked arteries and needed a bypass to correct the damage. It was then that he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. After being discharged from hospital, Eric went back to living in his flat in Fallowfield, an area of Manchester, but wasn’t coping well with maintaining his health and kept having small relapses.
Here, Eric reflects on his experience with supported housing:
“I moved in to supported housing on 2 December 2015 because my daughters had put my name down on the Trafford Housing Trust sheltered housing list and I was offered a bungalow.
Since I moved here, the relationship I have with my girls has improved dramatically, and I now have strong bonds with them and the grandchildren. I’m a born worrier, but since I’ve been here I have stopped drinking and smoking, so I don’t have to worry about paying the bills.
Being able to make better habits has really made the difference. If it wasn’t for supported housing, I would either be living in my old flat still or, most probably, I’d be dead.
I am happy living here; I see my girls most days. My sister lives close by and we spend time together. I have a window that is always open and backs on to the park, and because I get on well with all the other tenants, they let on when they pass. It’s nice because I always see everyone going in and out.
I feel safe and supported because of the pendant and the intercom; it has been explained to me that this is part of a 24 hour callout service, which is important to me.
All the neighbours look out for each other here, and genuinely care about how I am doing.”