Our New Home at Rosewell House, Vera & Norman's Story
“The move came about because Norman had been very poorly, in and out of hospital and I’d had five operations on my hip and was having real problems too,” Vera says, “the family kept on saying, ‘you’ve got to move closer to us’ then one morning, I had an email from my grandson, Mark, with a link to the Rosewell House website, he said ‘this is just right for you and grandad, you must go and take a look’. Well, I almost ignored it to be honest, but I booked a viewing. My son accompanied me, and of course, we were climbing over rubble and cables but as soon as I walked into the show flat, I thought yes, this is just right.
“Norman was a bit dubious at first because he thought there would be a lack of independence but it’s not like that at all. We do our own thing and if we want help, it’s there. I actually said to Norman a couple of weeks ago, ‘would you go back to our house in Bexhill if you could?’ and he said, ‘no’.
“The actual move was chaotic, Norman couldn’t do a lot and we had so much stuff, but everyone was very helpful. The first night that we moved in, my daughter left a note on my pillow saying ‘mum, we are all so happy you have moved in, we will be more relaxed now knowing you have help.
“I think the best thing about being here is the peace of mind, we’ve got no worries. You don’t have to stop and think, I should be doing this or that and we don’t have to try to manage a large garden. We can just relax.
“The actual apartment itself is cosy and spacious, people always comment on how big it is! We really do have everything we need. There are plenty of activities, such as crafts, film nights etc going on downstairs and if we want to join in, we can but if we want to relax, we just stay in our apartment.”