An Aylesbury resident has moved out of a care home which supports people with learning disabilities, and into her own Hightown supported living extra care flat, just in time for Christmas.
Candy lived at a Hightown care home in Wendover (Buckinghamshire), for the last three and a half years. After growing more confident and becoming increasingly independent, she has moved into her own Hightown supported living extra care flat at The Elms in Aylesbury.
Candy has already started decorating her flat to get ready for this festive time of year. She has a passion for collecting teapots and one of the perks of having her own flat is being able to display them in her new living room.
Keen to continue her journey to independence, Candy sees her next step as looking after her own finances. She has worked at a local supermarket for the last 16 years and her hobbies include shopping, cooking and taking part in the activities on offer at The Elms such as bingo and arts and crafts classes.
Her journey reflects Hightown’s commitment to enabling people to be as independent as possible and make their own choices. As well as having more choice, the cost of Candy’s accommodation is significantly lower - £1,100 less a week.
“I used to think I didn’t want to live in a flat because I felt so safe in my old home. However, when I came to see the flats at The Elms, I changed my mind as they were so nice. It means I have my own space and I have my own living room and kitchen where I can display my teapots! There are lots of other residents here too so I have been making new friends. There is also a flat for guests so it is easier for my family to visit me.”
Lesley Allister, Care Home manager for Hightown, said:
“In registered care, it’s very rare to see such a huge change in someone. We are all so proud of Candy, it has been amazing to see her blossom. When she was living in our care home, we were empowering her to make her own decisions, have more understanding of her finances and how to stay safe. It feels absolutely wonderful to see Candy in her new home, enjoying the activities at The Elms and making new friends."