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Lillian

Lawley Bank Court is a perfect fit for 89-year-old, Lillian Clarke, who continues to remain independent with a little help from the Wellbeing and Inclusion team.

Sanctuary Retirement Living Resident Lillian Clarke

Before moving to Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Lawley Bank Court, in Telford, Lillian lived in Madeley, a village near Ironbridge where she was a well-known local. After losing her husband a few years ago, she was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and made the decision to move into Lawley Bank Court’s retirement community. Here, she enjoys her independence in the comfort of her own apartment, but with added peace of mind that the service is staffed with a care and support team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Memory loss is not the only symptom of Alzheimer’s, as mood can sometimes be affected. Whilst it can be tempting to sit and do nothing at all, a determined Lillian would rather be on the move. She takes pride in her apartment and stays up to date with the household chores. Despite her age, she favours taking the stairs over waiting for the lift to maintain her mobility and keep fit. She also shops in the local community with her personal assistant, or Wellbeing and Inclusion Assistants, Kirsty and Tracy.

The wellbeing of residents is important to Sanctuary Retirement Living, and we’re committed to supporting residents, and reducing social isolation. The launch of Your Home Your Life campaign makes sure that residents are supported to lead independent and healthy lifestyles in an environment which encourages social connections, where true friendships can be made. Lillian takes every opportunity to be socially active and gets involved with the daily activities like knitting and colouring. She’s also part of the poetry club and the walking club and helps out with the raffle tickets for the retirement community’s fundraising events.

I used to feel isolated and lonely, but I’m much happier living at Lawley Bank Court

Lillian said: “There’s no better feeling than being able to get out and about. I must admit, I used to feel isolated and lonely, but I’m much happier living at Lawley Bank Court. From time to time, I’ll have a down day, but there is a strong sense of community here and I’ve made lots of friends. The support from the Care and Support, and Wellbeing and Inclusion teams is excellent. Kirsty and Tracy are planning to take me on the bus - back to my old roots in Madeley and Ironbridge. I’m very much looking forward to that.”

Set in the heart of Lawley village, Lawley Bank Court has a range of apartments and communal facilities for over 55s.

To find out more about life in Sanctuary Retirement Living’s retirement properties, read about our communities, or search for a property near you.

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