John loved the companionship he discovered with respite care, so he’s back for good!
John lived with his son and his young family following a stroke and came to Castlecroft Residential Care Home in Birmingham for two weeks’ respite care just before Christmas.
“I came for respite to give my son and his family a chance to be on their own and I loved it so much, everyone was so friendly and the staff are so lovely,” he says.
“At home I was on my own all day while everyone was at work, looking out of the window – I felt quite down sometimes.”
John admits he knew little about care and was initially quite wary about coming to a home, but that quickly changed.
“I never thought I would be in a home,” he adds. “After going back home for a fortnight after the respite, I said to my son I think I want to go back to Castlecroft.”
John explains the reason for his change of mind.
“When I came to Castlecroft, it was a lovely feeling to be around people and the staff were chuffed that I came back home – it was a nice feeling.
“The staff are so great – every one of them and I would honestly be lost without them. I love it here I really do – I am well looked after and this is my home.”