Living made easy for one retired couple

Stuart Proudfoot and his wife Mavis moved into Beaufort Lodge in May of this year and are delighted to feel so settled already in their new home.   Stuart comments;  “We saw an advertisement for the development in our local paper and, as our daughter lives in one of the flats right next to the Lodge, we thought it would be ideal to be close to her. I have trouble with my knees and walking, plus I had a pacemaker fitted a few years ago, so the Lodge’s location, right near the town centre, also suited us.” 

The couple sold their three bedroom bungalow through the Churchill Retirement Living’s Home Exchange Scheme, as they were keen to secure the show apartment as quickly as possible. “We are mad gardeners and our apartment is on the ground floor and has its own little garden plot.   So we really didn’t want to wait too long and risk losing out on the flat that we really wanted. We have been busy in the garden this summer and have really enjoyed our hanging baskets especially.”

Stuart is now 82 and although he still drives he is pleased that they are close to the town centre and can go out to eat as much as they like. They also play bowls – both indoor and outdoor – three times a week which keeps them busy and happy. In between times, the couple try to go to all the organised events taking place at the Lodge and are regulars of the weekly coffee mornings in the lounge which have provided them with the opportunity of getting to know the other Owners. “The Lodge manager is extremely helpful and has been instrumental in helping us to settle in. Safety and security is also important to us and we now feel we can relax knowing there is 24/7 help though Careline if we need it.” Their apartment also has a video-entry system and intruder alarm. Plus, if anything happens to one of them they know the other will be well cared for and they are a stone’s throw from their daughter too.


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