Bettie’s story

Bettie and her husband were living in their lounge, until they were offered a level-access home in a sheltered housing scheme.

“Before I moving here, I was living with my husband of 60 years in our own home in Gatley, Stockport. The house had long become too much for us and we were living in the lounge as the stairs were too hard for either of us to manage. My shopping habit was filling the house with stuff, especially as we were only living in a part of it.”

The couple were offered a level-access flat in a sheltered Trafford Housing Trust scheme, not far from their marital home. Things changed when they eventually moved in to Wellgreen Lodge in March 2016.

Bettie feels that there is always someone around to support her now and she feels less lonely and unhappy. Her family believe that she is settling down well and say they have seen a change in her attitude to life.

“Unfortunately, my husband went into hospital a couple of weeks after we moved in and now it seems he’s unlikely to return to the flat. I feel settled here, and although I am missing my husband, I feel that he is in a good home where he can be well cared for.

My life has become much less stressful, what with not worrying about him and feeling a lot safer and settled in my flat.”

Bettie’s family believe that without the intervention of sheltered housing both Bettie and her husband would now either be in a care home or in hospital.

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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