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A rosy future

The transition from independent living to care home understandably triggers feelings of sadness, fear and anxiety. Care homes may also be perceived as “God’s waiting room” and, sadly, a few of them do live up to those expectations. However, it doesn’t need to be like that and the experience of one care home resident, Annie Teasdale, supports the theory that life can be very much what you make it and that the new chapter of dependent living can be enjoyable and fun.

Annie, now 84, lives in a 50 bed care home on the edge of Pickering in North Yorkshire. She has been there almost two years and is thriving. What is it you most like about living here? “I enjoy the company of the other residents and the staff have the time to stop and chat too. I am sociable and so enjoy what’s on offer, and I can help their fundraising by knitting and selling small blankets.”

Prior to moving into the care home Annie lived in a small cottage in the village of Fadmoor, on the edge of Farndale. A farmer’s wife, she had lived and worked in that area all her life, supporting both her local church and community with her renowned baking, lemon curd making and knitting skills.

What do you miss the most about your cottage in Fadmoor? “Housework, I miss doing housework as I always enjoyed it. I miss my baking too and making lemon curd. I miss going to church, but I have Communion here regularly and there is a service on a Sunday once a month. I do enjoy it.” The decision to leave your cottage must have been very difficult. “Well, I’d no choice really. The surgery on my leg was not successful and so I

knew that I would have to lose the leg and the cottage was just not suitable for a wheelchair. But I knew this place as I’d visited people in here, so when the family asked me where I wanted to go, I said here. I have a key to my room and so I can be quiet if I want to be or I can chat to folk and be with others at mealtimes. I made the decision to just get on with it and enjoy my time here. When you see some of these youngsters who’ve lost arms and legs, I think I’m alright to get to my age

without many problems.”

Annie has made the transition with relative ease. It is a huge change of lifestyle from working all the daylight hours on the farm, milking cows by hand as a girl and carrying water in buckets from the spring. She has maintained her

independence by engaging fully with the community in which she now lives. Her motto – “the more you give, the more you have.” 

Yvonne Yates North Yorkshire


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