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David and Denise at Yvonne Robertson House

Posted by: Caroline Hall, on 23/03/2015

Bexhill couple share experience of Sheltered Housing in Sussex

As part of Housing Day 2017 we would like to share with you the story of one couple living at our sheltered housing scheme in Bexhill.

For older people in Sussex, the decision to move into Sheltered Housing is often a tough one. Many would prefer not to plan for their housing needs in later life, and indeed actively avoid thinking about it. Increasingly others would prefer to enter their later years knowing that they are living in a property that will continue to be suitable for them for as long as possible into old age.

One such couple, David and Denise Lushey, from Bexhill have recently spoken about their first hand experiences of supported housing for older people in the area.

Currently residents at Yvonne Robertson House– a rented sheltered housing scheme available to the over 60’s – David and Denise have previously lived in privately owned and rented properties.

Denise said, “Around twenty years ago, Dave was made redundant from his job, we faced a few tough years and unfortunately had to sell the house we owned, and raised our family in, to make ends meet.  Since then we have rented privately and also lived in other sheltered housing schemes in East Sussex.

“We moved to Yvonne Robertson House in December 2015 and haven’t looked back since. The scheme allows us to live independently, but with the support of a scheme manager, Ian, who oversees the scheme, and is on site for much of the time if we need him. Though we haven’t needed to use it, there is also a lifeline system in the flat, which gives us peace of mind that if one of us was alone in the flat and had an accident, we would be able to get help straight away.

“The property we rent is spacious, warm, with great gardens and outdoor space. My friends and family were all really impressed when they first came to see the flat.

“Another thing we really like is the simplicity, we know we just have one payment to make each month, plus our electricity and council tax, it is so much easier to manage than all of those bills which can become quite complicated and confusing as you get older.

“The other residents here are friendly, there is a great community feel and we all look out for each other. The scheme manager, Ian, supports and entertains the residents, and we have regular coffee mornings and social events, there is always something going on. Many of the residents here are living alone, and these occasions are often the only time they get to see other people, it is such a good way to combat loneliness, which can be a big problem as you get older.

“For a lot of the older residents, if they were not here at the scheme, they would probably have to move into a home. Having the extra support here means that they can live independently for longer.

“Every time she comes to visit, my daughter says how she would love to live in a place like this, but I told her with the minimum age to rent a property here being 60, she would have to wait a while before she is lucky enough to move in!”

For further information about Yvonne Robertson House please click here.

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