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Why I wouldn't want to live in a residential care home

Julie Lord

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I don't know about you but I don't want to get old. Unfortunately getting old is inevitable so I don't really have a choice in the matter. What I do have a choice about is what to do when I can no longer live independently and I've come to the conclusion that I defiantly don't want to go into a home. Here's my list of reasons why not:

My Pets

I love animals and always have done and as I've got older I've appreciated the company of my pets more and more. I can't ever see myself living without some sort of animal companion but I can't see a residential care home being prepared to take on the task of looking after me and my menagerie.

My Family

Also high up on my list of priorities is family time. Did you know that a shocking 50% of adults don't visit elderly relatives regularly and 10% only see them at Christmas and New Year? I don't want to miss seeing my family because I'm in an out of the way care home. Out of sight out of mind they say don't they?


I'm not big on routine. Since retiring I've thrown out my alarm clock and I love being able to wake up naturally whenever I want. I eat when I'm hungry and if I feel like a cup of tea I go and put the kettle on. And I'm fully in control of the TV so I can watch what I like whilst sipping it. I don't think I could go back to taking meals at set mealtimes and waking up at the same time every day. Residential care would mean having to fit around the routine that suited the company, not me.


I've taken up quite a few hobbies over my lifetime. Some of them I've given up but I'd like to keep going with as many as I can for as long as I'm able. If I move into a residential care home I might have to give up some of my hobbies such as visiting gardens and museums or attending the book club at the local library. I'm sure there will be plenty of activities on offer but they won't be the ones I'm familiar with. And I might not even like any of them. I know I'm not a big fan of popular TV programmes like Strictly.


Now don't get me wrong I'm not a hermit, I just like my privacy and this is why home care services are best for people like me. I like people but I don't like having to muck in with a whole load of strangers. I have my friends who I meet once or twice a week for coffee and cake but if I were to move I'd lose touch with them and have to make new friends.

I don't want to move. I'm happy where I am and I'd like to stay put for as long as I can. Live in care will suit me fine.


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