When you buy a brand new apartment with Churchill Retirement Living, it won’t be just you that enjoys the benefits  

Churchill Owners Joyce Hobbs recently made the decision to move to a new apartment at Hardy Lodge in Shaftesbury.

Now she’s closer to loved ones and enjoying her new lifestyle, and her family couldn’t be happier. 

“When I lost my husband, and then my dog, I felt completely lost,” says Joyce. “I came to see my daughter Michelle in Shaftesbury one day and was in the car just outside Hardy Lodge, when I thought – I wonder what it would be like to live there…” 

Joyce’s daughter Michelle remembers their first visit: “When mum saw the pretty Owners’ Lounge here she thought this is the kind of place she’d like to come and sit and enjoy. She made all the decisions about moving and we just sort of went with what she wanted.” 

“When we were younger mum and dad lived in a lovely big house,” recalls Michelle. “Mum would love to entertain us all. They did lots of things together, they lived in Africa and travelled all over the place. After dad died things were different.  

“My father had always done a lot of the maintenance around the house and I think to suddenly introduce a strange person to come and do it was a bit alien to mum.

We were also concerned that she might let somebody in that she shouldn’t. That was one of the contributing factors in wanting to move.” 

Joyce’s granddaughter Natalie lives nearby and along with her son Oliver – Joyce’s great-grandson – has enjoyed seeing more of her Nan since the move.  

“My nan is a very independent woman and always has been,” says Natalie. “When grandad died she struggled with not seeing very many people and not having much social interaction.

“Things are better for her here because she’s socialising more.

“Coming somewhere like Hardy Lodge, knowing that there’s security and other people around, is reassuring for the whole family.” 

Natalie adds: “It’s also nice to know that when we spend time with Nan it’s more quality family time.

Before we would always be helping to put the hoover round and doing things like that, but now there’s no need.” 

“We’re happy because Mum’s happy” 

Joyce agrees: “My apartment’s very nice. It has a little patio where I can put my pots, and I don’t need to worry about the garden and getting the grass cut.

“It’s a lot easier and more relaxing. The best thing about living at Hardy Lodge is the companionship, having things to do, and being close to my family.” 

Joyce’s daughter Michelle also appreciated having the help of Churchill’s moving services to make sure the move went smoothly.

“It took the pressure off of us not having to arrange removals,” she says. “The whole process only took about six to 10 weeks. 

“Above all, Mum is happy to be here. And we’re happy that she is happy.” 

Churchill Retirement Living has new apartments available to buy all over the country.

Its developments offer privately-owned one-and-two-bedroom apartments designed exclusively for the over 60s, with spacious rooms throughout combining design and functionality. Subtle touches like illuminated light switches and easy-turn lever taps are there for added convenience.

Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted video entry system and a 24-hour emergency call system.  

With less to worry about, Owners have more time to do the things they enjoy, such as having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, enjoying a chat with neighbours, or attending one of the regular social events in the Owners’ Lounge.   

To find out more, call 0800 377 7822 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk.