One of the first people to move into our new River View retirement living community was Thelma. We met up with her to find out how she is settling into her new home.
"I have been ‘retirement living’ for a long time, but this is my first experience of living in this kind of environment.
"I watched River View being built and I always knew that I wanted to live here. I’ve settled in nicely and am very happy. I have been going to the coffee mornings and meeting up with my neighbours in the lounge for a chat, which is lovely. It can be very lonely in a house with nobody around you. Living here, I never have to be alone.
"The thing I loved about moving to River View was that I was able to bring my dog, Jake. Jake made himself at home straight away. He is very relaxed and absolutely loves the fuss he gets from all our new neighbours. Without him, I could be a bit shy but he makes it easy to talk to people because everyone wants to stroke him.
"Kathryn, who is our retirement living officer, also helped us feel at home. She has worked tirelessly to create a new community at River View. Jane is the caretaker. She takes away all the worry about any odd jobs that need doing and the corridors and communal areas are always kept spick and span by our cleaner, Nese.
"I am very happy with my decision to move into River View. Retirement living is everything I hoped it would be."