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Meet Winnie and Dennis

Mature lady with son sitting on sofa in living room

Winnie and her son Dennis have seen their lives transformed after he helped his mum move to Helen Court in Witham.

Winnie moved to Helen Court, a picturesque riverside community of 55 self-contained apartments for older people in Witham, during 2010. She made the difficult decision to leave her family home of almost 60 years, which no longer met her needs due to her declining mobility, with the support of her son Dennis. Since Winnie moved to her new home, both she and Dennis’ lives have been transformed.

Dennis said: “Living in a three bedroom house with stairs had become unmanageable for Mum. She wasn’t bad enough for a care home; she could live independently. But she needed to live somewhere that had an element of care. From the day she moved in, until now, Mum’s physical health, mental health and general wellbeing have improved beyond measure.”

Winnie said: “I wanted to get away because I was on my own. I feel much happier here; it’s fantastic. If I’m lonely, I go downstairs and it’s like a little family. If I want to be on my own, I close my front door and can be alone in my own home. You please yourself, because it’s independent living. To me, it’s luxury. I’ve got everything I want. But, most importantly, it feels like home.”

Dennis added: “It’s a big wrench for older people like Mum, who have lived in the same house for 60 years, to move. I thought that it would be really difficult for her; but from day one it’s been fantastic. I’m now a tremendous exponent of the Independent Living concept. For me, I think it’s excellent news that many more older people will have the opportunity to benefit like my Mum has.”

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