Joyce Carr, 64, came to live at Sue Ryder Dee View Court in October 2007. She used to work as a nurse in a hospital, but had to retire earlier from her job due to her condition. Joyce was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991.
"I liked my job, but it was quite demanding and step-by-step I started struggling to keep up with the pace. My condition makes it more difficult to have the energies you normally need to cope with the daily commitments of a busy working life and as a nurse you always have to be vigilant and on your feet.
I have been living at Dee View Court for nearly five years and I feel I have settled down here. There is a positive atmosphere and staff are really attentive to my needs. In fact it is clear they think about the whole person rather than just your medical needs. Another thing that is really good about this care centre is that you can go out and about quite easily. There are shops on the opposite side of the care centre and bus stops. So if I want to go into the city centre, I only have to pick up the bus right outside the entrance".
Dee View Court's Supported Living service
provides 24-hour support, a safe and secure environment for residents where they can live life as fully and independently as possible. And where staff are trained and equipped to provide quality care and support. Located in the Kincorth area of Aberdeen, Dee View Court is placed within the local community making it easy to visit local shops.
Residents are encouraged to bring or add small pieces of furniture, pictures, photos and ornaments, as well as own bedding to their apartment to help them feel at home.
Within the centre there are the following facilities:
- Craft room
- Music room
- Physiotherapy department
- Hydrotherapy pool
"I like to keep busy, so I try as much as I can to join in all the daily activities they organise. There is always something going on. On Monday we have our breakfast in the music room and we read the newspaper debating on the main events of the day. If you want to keep fit, you can join in T'ai Chi classes, we have a hydrotherapy pool and two physiotherapists."
Exercise and in particular physiotherapy is essential for people living with neurological conditions as it can help prevent muscles deterioration. In some instances it is possible to improve mobility to a stage where they can walk with the aid of a walking frame or even only walking crutches.
"Sometimes I also join art and craft workshops even if I am a terrible painter. But it is good that you have a choice about what you can do during the day. And if I want something different to eat, I know I have only to ask a member of staff and they will try their best to help. This is our home now, and there are quite a lot of residents, I believe about 22, but you don’t feel like a number. It's up to me how much I want to get involved with the running of the centre, but we have regular meetings where we have the opportunity to make suggestions. They will do whatever possible to accommodate every request".
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