Helen is a resident at Furze Hill House in Norfolk, a purpose-built home for 40 older people.
While many older people are naturally anxious about moving home, Helen testifies to how moving to Furze Hill House enhanced her quality of life. “In my previous house I had a garden and I enjoyed gardening and planting in it in the summer. I thought when I moved that I would really miss it, but the garden at Furze Hill is even lovelier – it’s a pleasure to have somewhere so beautiful to get some fresh air.”
Furze Hill’s outdoor facilities include pleasant gardens, patios, a vegetable patch, sitting areas and an all-weather gazebo, all of which are surrounded by woodland. The home makes the most of its charming environment in its programme of activities by holding garden parties, something which Helen really enjoys. She says “It’s great to see everyone - from residents and staff to families and supporters - getting together over tea and scones!”
Salvation Army care homes are inclusive communities. “There are people living here from all backgrounds,” Helen comments, “and that’s a big part of what I like about it. It’s a pleasure to be surrounded by such varied and interesting people. The staff are unfailingly helpful and there’s always something going on for us residents to get involved in. Before I moved here I was struggling and lonely. Now I’m here, I have company and am physically more comfortable.”
Despite the range of activities and support offered at Furze Hill House, Helen cherishes having her own space. “I feel very independent here. I have my own room and bathroom, and a door knocker on the door. I can always get involved if I want to, but if I don’t feel up to it I also have my own space; it’s the best of both worlds, really.”