Connie’s story

My first week was fantastic, my family couldn’t believe the change in me

Estuary Housing Association’s supported housing gave Connie a completely new lifestyle . This is Connie’s story:

Connie lived with her husband of 53 years in Leigh on Sea, Essex. Her husband became unwell with Parkinson’s and was eventually admitted to hospital after a fall. Unfortunately her husband then passed away.

This had a detrimental effect on Connie’s health, both mentally and physically. She became depressed and wasn’t eating properly. Her family took her to the GP who sent her to hospital. She was cared for in hospital before being sent to an intermediate care facility. She had lost the use of her legs and had a small bleed on the brain. She worked hard with the staff there and began to get better.

The time came to speak about returning to her home and Connie broke down and said she did not want to return to her home. Her family asked her to write a list of what she wanted, which is something she had never been asked before.

A vacancy had come up at Estuary Housing Association’s Leyland Court and Connie came to look around. She fell in love with it instantly and accepted the flat. With a lot of hard work, family and staff at Leyland Court, Connie moved in within 3 days.

‘My first week was fantastic, my family couldn’t believe the change in me’

Connie started attending clubs with other tenants and ‘loved it’.

Her health started to improve and she attended Hospital for tests on her hearing and eyes. She now has a hearing aid which has massively improved her life and has had operations on both her eyes for cataracts.

Connie attends the events that happen at Leyand Court and likes to be an active part of the service.

‘Moving to Leyland Court has given me the confidence that I needed and it has given my family confidence. It has given me a completely new lifestyle and I am so happy here, this is a great place to be!’.

If I hadn’t come to Leyland Court I would not be here now! I would have given up and faded away.

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