Daphne’s story

I’ve made a lot of new friends here. It’s nice to know that I can go down and join in with activities whenever I want to.

Following the death of her husband, Daphne moved from Gloucestershire to the Wirral to live with her daughter. Soon after she arrived on the Wirral, Daphne fractured her spine while lifting some heavy bags. After spending a few weeks in hospital she was sent to a nursing home for a month of respite care.

Daphne says: “The nursing home was really unhygienic. And although the staff were good, the owner and the manager were not. I think it has since closed down.”

Daphne was unable to return to her daughter’s flat as she could no longer manage the stairs or the shower. With nowhere to go, Daphne was facing an uncertain future.  However, Daphne’s daughter got in touch with Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), who found her a room at Rodney Nelson Court.

Daphne says: “The housing officer and scheme manager for Rodney Nelson Court came to visit me at the nursing home and said I could have a vacant flat there. I was so grateful to be re-housed I cried with relief.”

Moving to Rodney Nelson Court has made a huge difference to Daphne’s life.

She says: “I am very pleased to be living here. My life has improved so much compared to what it was. Now I have a nice little flat. There’s a lift so I don’t have to deal with any stairs, and they have even installed a walk-in shower for me.”

As well as making Daphne’s day-to-day life much easier, Rodney Nelson Court has also helped her to enjoy an active social life.

She says: “I’ve made a lot of new friends here. It’s nice to know that I can go down and join in with activities whenever I want to.

“I don’t know what would have happened to me if I wasn’t offered a room at Rodney Nelson Court. If it wasn’t for supported housing, I think I might have been homeless.

“Rodney Nelson Court gives me peace of mind and helps me to feel safe and secure. I have my own independence, but I know that support is there if I need it.”

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