By Hannah West
Two years ago, Rosa fell on concrete outside her bungalow and broke a bone in her neck. She was told by doctors that she would never fully recover and would have to wear a collar for the rest of her life.
After being discharged from hospital, Rosa moved into Mayfields Extra Care Scheme in Boston, to receive round-the-clock care from CRG Homecare.
Since then Rosa has built a trusting relationship with Helen Coote, CRG Homecare’s Field Care Supervisor, and her Care Assistants which has aided her recovery.
“I was told by my Consultants that I would never fully heal but, with the help of my carers, I have regained some independence and I don’t need to wear a neck brace.
“That said, I couldn’t manage without my lovely carers. They give me my independence – they let me do what I can and help me with what I can’t do. They really make a difference,” says Rosa.
Living in an extra care scheme means that Rosa can socialise with other residents in the complex which has a shop, hairdressers, restaurant, cinema room, laundrette and craft room. Rosa loves nothing more than joining in singing club and playing bingo.
“I love where I live; it’s lovely to meet new people and join in with all the clubs. I enjoy singing club where we sing old songs, reminisce and have tea and cakes.”
Rosa also loves to knit. She knits blankets and sells them to raise money for the local church and to fund some of the entertainment organised by staff in the complex. Since her arrival at Mayfields, Rosa has always felt safe and comfortable.
Rosa added: “I settled the very first night I got here, and I have loved it ever since. I honestly believe that if I didn’t live here and have the care I receive, I wouldn’t be here today. Helen and my other carers are wonderful. They aren’t carers, they are family.”
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