Buying my Home at Rosewell House – Reta’s Story

Wanting to downsize and benefit from a little care and support, Reta Brearley started a search last year to find the perfect retirement home and she was delighted when she found Rosewell House right on her doorstep.

Reta at Rosewell House
Reta at Rosewell House

“I wanted to find somewhere where I could benefit from some support but still be independent, my two-bedroom terraced house in East Peckham was no longer suitable for me, so my family and I started the search.

“My daughter saw an advert for Rosewell House on the way to Tunbridge Wells, we researched it and decided to come and take a look. When we arrived, I was impressed with the welcoming reception area and everyone was having lunch in the dining room. I thought yes, this is exactly what I want, it felt right for me. Needless to say, we didn’t look at anything else after that!

“My daughters actually got a bit emotional as they thought I might end up living away from them. They were so happy we had found Rosewell House and so I was I. Also, it was my decision, I had decided to be here and that meant a lot to me.

“During my first week here, I put my name down for everything, all of the activities that were on offer, but it was actually too much! Now I just pick and choose a few of the activities as there is so much going on, I always attend the weekly church service, which is lovely as I have always gone to church.

“My life has changed completely since being here, I go down to lunch every day and everyone chats to one another, it is just so nice. I was so glad I could bring my cat too, as I have had her for seven years. It’s been a big change for both of us but we’re getting used to it!”