After overcoming a period of health and emotional difficulties Joy Rayner is enjoying a new lease of life at a McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living development.
The twin blows of losing her beloved husband, as well as her own health battles, meant that Joy Rayner viewed the future with some trepidation.
But with the help and encouragement of her beloved extended family, the retired bank employee is now enjoying a fulfilling life once again thanks to her decision to downsize and move to Landmark Place, a McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living development in Denham, Buckinghamshire.
“After the loss of my husband, I didn’t want to stay in my house any longer,” she explains. “It was becoming too large for me to maintain and I could no longer look after the garden.
“I wanted to move somewhere where I’d be able to relax without any worries and feel safe. I had also had some health issues which affected my mobility.”
Joy had the support of her three daughters throughout the decision-making process.
“My daughters were very keen for me to move so that I would have less to worry about, and they enquired about the development for me.
“After seeing Landmark Place for myself and meeting the staff and some of the homeowners, I was sure that independent living within a secure environment would be ideal for what I wanted and needed.”
Since making the move, Joy’s life is now on the up. She has made new friends, is enjoying a fulfilling social life and spending quality time with her large family.
After the loss of my husband, I didn’t want to stay in my house any longer. It was becoming too large for me to maintain and I could no longer look after the garden.
Joy has also rekindled her love of floristry as an occasional hobby.
Feeling safe and supported in her new home, Joy thinks she has the best of both worlds as she is still close to her family and former neighbours.
She says:” My three daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are all happy to see me settled at Landmark Place. My daughters are especially delighted to know that I have all the support I require rather than continuing to live on my own in a house which was frankly too big for me. I see them all the time as they come to visit regularly, as well as take me on outings.”
As an active member of her new community, Joy has been taking advantage of the many events organised at Landmark Place.
She regularly attends quizzes, and cheese-and-wine gatherings, film nights and entertainment evenings, as well as enjoying day trips with her new circle of friends.
“I moved into the development with a walker frame, and went outside with a wheelchair. Since moving to Landmark Place, I’ve become much more mobile and I’m sure that’s down to the time I’ve had to relax and get better properly.
“I’m very thankful to our house manager, Mike, who always made sure to check in to see how I was getting on during my recovery.”
Now thankfully over her health problems, she is energetically making the most that retirement living offers in a safe, supportive environment and one filled with companionship.
When reviewing the decision that has changed her life, her thoughts turn to what her late husband would have said. “I know he would have been thrilled,” she smiles.
Landmark Place is fully reserved, however McCarthy & Stone has a similar Retirement Living development coming soon in Heathlands, in the Broadway area of Farnham Common, which is less than 10 miles away. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £415,000 and £535,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.
For more information please visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk