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Sheila is one of our wonderful residents at Rosedale Court in Rayleigh, Essex, since July 2016. Her husband, John, wanted to share her touching story.

Sheila is a mother to three children and stepmother to her husband’s three children. Sheila is a qualified Hairdresser and was a Head of Department in a Further Education College. She learnt French and Italian; enjoys cooking, swimming, gardening, walking and foreign travel. She moved into one of our care homes after being diagnosed with dementia.

Sheila was diagnosed by a consultant at the Southend-on-Sea Memory Clinic, with a combination of Alzheimer’s and Lewy Bodies and is prescribed medication for depression and anxiety.

John and his family agreed that the time was right for Sheila to receive additional support and settle into a residential care home, and they were determined to find the perfect home which was appropriate for Sheila’s care and welfare.

After visiting several homes with no luck, things changed when John found Rosedale Court. Jon said, “As soon as we walked through the front door at Rosedale Court, I knew that this was the right home. The staff who showed us around were very friendly and gave us lots of information that we needed. The layout of the building is good, with no large lounge but smaller, more homely lounges staffed with carers. The residents were happy and engaged in activities; the rooms are spacious, and everything was very clean and bright, but most of all, we were convinced that Sheila would receive outstanding care at this home. It was difficult to pack up a case for Sheila and take her that first day to Rosedale Court. The Manager assured me that Sheila would be settled very quickly by the staff, but I was worried as this was a big step for us. I need not have been worried. I returned the second day to find Sheila happy and totally settled in activities provided by the carers. The transition to Rosedale Court was seamless.”

Settled into her new home at Rosedale Court, Sheila enjoys socialising with other residents, watching her favourite television shows, helping in the dining room, joining in with various activities, watching entertainers and gardening.

Sheila is able to enjoy days out, attending Day Centre’s and Alzheimer Activity Centre’s, as well as taking part in the activities that happen within the home. An external carer, on some afternoons, takes Sheila swimming at a local Leisure Centre so she can continue enjoying a much-loved hobby.

“Most importantly for me, my relationship with Sheila improved out of all recognition. I was now able to visit regularly and spend quality time with Sheila, taking her out for walks in the country, visiting shops in Rayleigh Town Centre and having morning coffee or afternoon tea, secure in the knowledge that she was being well cared for at Rosedale Court. We particularly enjoy the themed dinner evenings, where I can have dinner with Sheila in a restaurant style atmosphere.”

John says that the staff at Rosedale Court have worked hard to adapt to Sheila’s developing condition and worked to ensure that Sheila still has the best quality of life.

John states that the home was quick to change her bed to a more appropriate bed with a special mattress to meet her changing health needs, and though she can no longer effectively communicate, carers are always talking to her and ensuring that she is receiving contact and communication each and every day.

“I have never had a doubt that this is the right place for Sheila. I have always felt that Sheila has had outstanding care at Rosedale Court. Sheila is always immaculately dressed in clean clothes every day. The management at Rosedale Court is excellent, and we have always found that channels of communication are good and that, as relatives, we are always kept well informed. Over time Sheila’s personal care needs have become more pronounced, but I have always been impressed by how well these are managed by the carers at the home. We have all been trying to keep Sheila as active as possible for as long as possible, and I am sure that being at Rosedale Court has given her the best quality of life.”

Thank you, John, for sharing Sheila’s journey with us. 

If you’d like to speak with the team at Rosedale Court about their care services, please:

Call: 01268 773180

Email: rosedale.court@runwoodhomes.co.uk

Visit: Rosedale Court, 6 Homestead Close, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 8FE

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