Ruth’s Having Fun at Abbeycrest
What made you choose Abbeycrest. Who made the decision?
“As I was based in the North and a global pandemic hit, it was difficult to visit any homes. John and Marian carried out some extensive research within the area and once they met Tamena (Home Coordinator) and Sonia (Home Manager) they immediately settled on Abbeycrest as the place for me – and they were right,” said Ruth.
“My son John was in the process of buying a house in Sonning Common to help our family visit the area, so it seemed as if the stars were aligning. It meant that I would be close by and would be able to see them all the time, although the pandemic has stymied that a bit”.
What was the moving in experience like?
For Ruth and her family, the moving in experience went very smoothly and the team who helped them on the day were friendly and welcoming.
“The move was extremely easy. John and Marian helped move my belongings from Whitby to Sonning Common and they completed all the paperwork for me” explained Ruth.
“I would recommend everyone to make the decision while they still can and they can control their own destiny,”
“The room is lovely and it has a superb outlook over the gardens, where I can see all the comings and goings.”
How are you settling in at Abbeycrest?
“In a word it’s fun! I love most of the activities that are put on by the activity team. However, I don’t feel as though I’m obligated to join in every day. I can take time for myself to read or watch TV whenever I want.”
“Steve the Chef is great. I can speak to him regularly and can ask him to prepare some of my favourite dinners – he usually comes up trumps!”
“All the staff are so helpful and caring, they will do anything for me…it’s almost like living in a 5-star hotel.”
The teams at Abbeycrest place the resident at the centre of every decision, so every resident’s time is tailored to their individual needs, interests and preferences.
What advice would you give other care seekers and their families?
Ruth tends to speak her mind, which she puts down to her Yorkshire roots. “Talk things through carefully with your family as it’s a huge decision that will affect everyone’s life. Everyone has to be happy with the decision that will be made. Luckily John was right on my side.”
Although Ruth moved to Abbeycrest when the pandemic hit, she is quite philosophical about it, “there’s no point complaining, you just have to be happy and get on with it. Remember that we are all in the same boat.”
“The activities team has been a Godsend by keeping boredom at bay and keeping activities fun, yet different.”
Ruth is loving her new life at Abbeycrest and would advise anyone thinking of moving into care to give it try.