Eileen and Raymond’s story

We have been at Mickle Hill for 14 months now, as the house we lived in became too much for us to look after, so we decided to down-size. After looking around the village we fell in love with this apartment. It feels secure.

We made lots of friends after getting involved with the activities, which helped us to meet new people. Our favourites were felting, going to the cinema, painting and relaxing in the jacuzzi. There are also events held at the village too, at Halloween I won first prize for my witch costume! We had a summer fayre and we made 50 bottles of ginger wine, which everyone loved.

We pop into Pickering once or twice a week, we know the area well as we used to live there.

We feel as though we have a new lease of life here, we would definitely recommend it. All our time is our own, so we can finally do the things we enjoy. We finally feel content! The staff here are wonderful. Once we both had the flu and they couldn’t do enough for us. They brought our meals up when we needed to eat, and they kept checking in on us. It’s lovely to know that if you need help someone is there – it really gives us peace of mind.

It’s been really great to declutter and get rid of lots of things. I sold our old furniture and bought new things to really make the move feel like a fresh start. It was wonderful.

Our daughter and grandson come over to visit us frequently. We love to take them to the library and play dominos. My daughter wasn’t convinced about us moving at first, as we lived in our previous home for 25 years, but now we are settled she is happy about us living here.

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