Patricia’s story

It means safety and security, being with friends and always knowing someone is there for me when I need them. I have a great support network of neighbours and there are wonderful staff around 24/7 that I can always rely on.

“I lived in a two bed house on a council estate where my husband and I struggled to get up and down the stairs and use the shower and bathroom. There were repeated incidents of anti social behaviour including fighting, shouting, loud music and an attempted burglary on our house. Our grown up children were really worried about us and we felt frightened and vulnerable. Both of us had finished work due to ill health. My husband had heart surgery and suffered with arthritis and we only ever left the house to do our weekly food shop”.

In January 2011, Patricia and her husband moved into a two bed ground floor supported housing home. “It’s brilliant because everything is on one level and there’s a wet room which means it’s easy to have a shower. My husband passed away 9 months ago and I would never have got through it without the support of the people here. I have friends all around me and we look out for each other every day. There are loads of social activities to take part in and I have run cooking classes in the past and my husband used to help keep the greenhouses to grow tomatoes. Living here has given me my independence back and helped me get through the grief of losing my husband. I can get out and about to the shops on my own and feel like I can safely keep my windows open in the summer.

Without supported housing I would be very frightened living on my own in a house that I would struggle to get around. And I’d be relying on my children to help me get out and and about to the shops and feeling very lonely. I’d have never recovered from my husband’s death and would have not been able to care for him in the way the carers did here.”

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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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