After their initial, beyond-satisfactory visit, the pair decided it would be great for Mary to have a ‘trial stay’, to make sure she’d definitely be happy there. Prestbury House warmly welcomed Mary for 4-week trial stay.
Chris said, “On arrival, mum’s room was warm, cosy and welcoming – and the other residents had written her a card to make her feel welcome.
“Within a few days I could see the positive effects living with Abbeyfield was having on mum. She loved having her meals prepared, as well as the social aspect of eating together with other residents (at a safe distance, of course) and chatting with them in the communal lounge.”
With three national lockdowns occurring over the past year, there is no doubt many older people have struggled with loneliness, something we are dedicated to alleviating in older people. Speaking of this, Chris said, “The multiple lockdowns over the past year have been very isolating, so when mum was able to socialise a bit with other residents at Prestbury, it was greatly beneficial to her mental health.”
After a chat, Mary and Chris decided Prestbury House was perfect, with Mary even saying “Cancel the other visits, this is where I want to live!”.
Chris said, “Mum has now made Prestbury House her permanent home. I’m so pleased that she is safe, eating well and socialising, whilst still retaining her independence.
“Mum will never be lonely at the Prestbury House; there is always somebody to talk to, be it the House Manager, member of the team, or one of the residents – it really does feel like an extended family where everyone is made to feel welcome.”
If you, or a loved one, are seeking somewhere to enjoy your retirement, you can search for your local Abbeyfield house by postcode. We’d like to thank Mary and Chris for sharing their Abbeyfield experience with us.