Judy came to live at George Brooker House in February 2013. We asked how she is settling in and finding life in her new home.
Where were you born?
I was born in Manchester in 1926. My family were all from the north of England.
Tell us a little about your life
When I was about 3 years old, my Dad got a job at Ford Motors and we came to live in Romford, Essex. My first job was in an office in London but when the war came, I joined the Land Army. I loved my time in the Army and wanted to continue with it when the war ended and so I joined the ATS. I met my husband at Donnington where we were stationed in the Army. After we married, I left the ATS and became a Mum. We travelled as a family to Singapore in 1950 for my husband to take up a posting there. The communists were in power and it was a very different life to England. We returned to England after 3 years and lived in Guilford in Surrey before eventually moving to Hornchurch. I worked in the Cancer Research charity shop there for many years.
Where were you living prior to George Brooker House?
I lived close to my daughter in Hornchurch on my own in a 3-bedroom house. I fell ill with double pneumonia and spent 4 weeks in hospital. I didn’t want to return to the house because I couldn’t manage on my own and I didn’t want to burden my daughter. She made enquiries while I was in hospital to find a nice place for me to live. George Brooker House was highly recommended by her neighbour. When Linda visited, she really liked the place and told me all about it. I moved here straight from hospital.
How are you finding life at George Brooker House?
I’m much happier here than I was at home alone. The environment is friendly and warm and I feel safe. My house in Hornchurch required so much maintenance, so I’m happy not to have the worry of it. My daughter visits often and we keep in touch daily by telephone. I have made friends with many of the residents and we enjoy each other’s company. There is an entertainment schedule for our enjoyment and we have a choice of menu at every meal. I like my bedroom very much and brought along my own furniture, so it really feels like home. I feel very secure in my room knowing that if I need assistance I can just ring the buzzer and the staff will be there. No matter what they may pay, I don’t believe anyone could be better looked after than I am here.
How do you find the staff at George Brooker House?
They are marvellous, I couldn’t fault them. They are very caring. Some of the residents, like my friend Barbara, struggle to communicate but they aren’t ignored, the staff are very attentive and ensure the well-being of everyone in their care. They make this a safe and cosy home.