Tom’s story

It has afforded me the ability to stabilise and improve my health.

Supported housing enabled ex-RAF Squadron Leader Tom to manage his recovery from a heart attack and stroke. This is his story.

“I am ex-RAF Squadron Leader, Test Pilot and finally Commercial Pilot Instructor.

After working abroad for much of my career, it was my plan to retire and stay living abroad in France until illness made it necessary to return to UK and nearby family.

The housing for elderly long-term convalescents in France such as me would have been a matter of living in block accommodation.

Towse Court has enabled me to manage my recovery from a heart attack and stroke by being able to pursue literary, scientific and history pastimes, amongst others, in a well-appointed flat.

I have the reassurance that care staff are on hand 24 hours a day for emergencies and that, should my mobility or capabilities deteriorate, I would not have to move location to receive more care.

I am set up here to live independently yet to enjoy as much or as little of an organised social life with other residents as I wish.

I am a shared owner and would not have been able to return to this country (certainly not as a homeowner) without such a scheme being available.

It has afforded me the ability to stabilise and improve my health and delivers a firm foundation for continuing to thrive and be an involved Grandfather to 13 Grandchildren”.

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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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