Faith and Frank Bailey moved to New Oscott Village in Birmingham in 2011. They decided to move because of Faith’s care needs. Before moving to the Village, she was hospitalised regularly with breathing difficulties.
She said: “I know there are things wrong with me, but I really didn’t want to go into a care home.
“I fell in love with New Oscott Village the first time I went inside, and I knew I wanted to move in.”
Moving to the Village changed Faith’s life. “I was in a bad way before we moved. I was fed up. I’d been stuck inside for six years when we moved. I only went out to the hospital or the doctor. I was in hospital every month, and sometimes once a week. Since I’ve moved in, I’ve only had to go twice.”
Faith said Frank had also benefited from the move: “I don’t have to rely on him so much. We can both be more independent. I can go down to the Village and do activities without him, and he can do things by himself as well.
“I’m doing more than I thought I’d ever be able to do.
“Frank loves it just as much as me. He says he’s still on his holidays. When we moved in, he wore his shorts for a month!
“I can’t fault it. I loved it from the start!”