Reg’s story

Reg was living in retirement accommodation that wasn't suitable for his increasing support needs . If it wasn’t for Chestnut grange, Reg would have lost some of his independence.

Reg has had 4 hip replacements over the years and his wife passed away in the early 60’s.

Reg has lived at Chestnut grange for just over 12 months now. As a young man growing up in Burton, Ray was a cooper at Bass Brewery. After his wife sadly passed away he raised his young two children. Whilst his son still lives locally his daughter lives out of the area and it was her that suggested that he moved in to Chestnut grange. His mobility isn’t what it use to be and when his daughter showed him around Chestnut grange, they thought it was the best place as she didn’t have to worry about him as much.

Reg has his own self-contained flat at Chestnut grange which gives him the freedom to come and go as he pleases. Reg is well known by all of then staff and comes to the Acorns restaurant on site every day for his 3 course lunch, he says his daughter would tell him off if he didn’t.

Since moving to Chestnut Grange Reg says “All I have to do is breathe and walk about!. I have everything I need here and nothing is too much trouble.” He enjoys being around company “it’s so lovely to know that there’s always someone around to chat to, even if it’s just a quick hello as you pass in the hallway”. He has a mobility scooter which he uses to make the most of the local shops, still visiting hairdresser that he’s used for many years.

Reg was living in retirement accommodation that wasn’t suitable for his increasing support needs . If it wasn’t for Chestnut grange, Reg would have lost some of his independence and risked becoming isolated. With family out of the area they can take comfort in the knowledge that Reg now has a community around him and a dedicated care team supporting him.

“It’s company when you want it and my tomatoes growing on the veranda. The freedom to come and go as you please. I’m well looked after here, all I have to do is breathe and walkabout!”

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