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Irene Slater

Irene Slater and her husband Malcolm moved to Baskeyfield House in 2017 as a way of planning ahead for their future housing needs.

Irene, 73, had worked in social care herself, so was aware of the importance of forward planning and was encouraged by the service’s provision of flexible personalised care packages that can be adapted to suit residents’ needs.

Resident Irene Slater in her two bedroom apartment at Baskeyfield House Resident Irene Slater in her two-bedroom apartment at Baskeyfield House

Together, Irene and Malcolm took the decision to rent a two-bedroom apartment at the service and moved in, along with their son Chris. 

For the time being, neither Irene nor her husband have any need of care hours and have made the most of the community facilities available at the extra care scheme, such as a restaurant and social and quiet lounges. 

Irene is actively involved in life at Baskeyfield House, running a regular coffee morning and a film afternoon with other residents in the scheme’s communal lounge. When she’s not busy with activities, she can often be found in the library with her nose in a good book.

She said: “We love our apartment, we have great views and it does have a better atmosphere than living in the community, as you have your privacy when your door is closed and you also have the option to join in with events in the communal areas.”

Malcolm added: “We decided on Baskeyfield House as it seemed to offer all that we had been looking for: a comfortable two-bedroomed flat with a lovely westerly aspect, a restaurant and inviting communal areas – we love the garden! 

“We are now well-settled and content. We know that help and care is available should we need it in the future. We are still quite independent, but we have peace of mind knowing that we made the right decision.”

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