Joan’s story

She said her life has changed for the better and feels like she has a purpose for getting up each morning.

Before being referred to us, Joan presented with many medical conditions, including bi polar, arthritis, high cholesterol and anxiety and diabetes, and at the time was not managing her medical conditions so was referred to a Care Home, moving out of her own home.  Joan was socially isolated, which heightened her anxiety. She was vulnerable and prone to exploitation from others.

The Care Home was not a suitable placement for Joan. Although Joan hadn’t been managing her health and wellbeing, she knew that with some support she wanted to maintain her independence.
A referral was made to Aspen Gardens, where Joan is now appropriately accommodated.

Joan is now a different person. We have supported Joan with addressing her debts. All of her finances are now managed and Joan has a weekly income. Joan is a very sociable person who enjoys attending coffee morning and activities. Joan has made many friends at Aspen Gardens and its wonderful to see the change in her.
It was really important to Joan that she maintained her independence, but at the same time know that she could call on staff anytime. Joan said she feels “safe and happy” at Aspen Gardens and can sleep well at night.

Joan said that her mood has lifted since moving into Aspen. She has forged strong friendships with her neighbours and enjoys getting involved with daily activities. Joan is much more confident and vocal. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind or if she thinks something isn’t being done, she will say so.

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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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