Last year to celebrate Scottish Housing Day, tenants from our sheltered and extra care housing enjoyed a joint afternoon tea at Robertson House. Included in the afternoon was fun bingo, dancing and a ‘singalong’ involving both tenants and staff.
As a housing option, Sheltered and extra care housing may be something that you have been thinking about for the future. There are a number of benefits and reasons as to why you would choose to live in sheltered or extra care, such as access to communal lounges to get together. The joint event at Robertson House is an example of our tenants getting together, having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
We still want to celebrate Scottish Housing Day, however things need to be a little different this year due the pandemic. The following is a poem written by one of our sheltered housing tenants expressing her feelings and experience of the current lockdown as well as being a tenant receiving support from Bridgewater Housing Support staff.
My Lock down, by Brenda Caldwell
In March 2020 my life changed dramatically from how I know it
My emotions went up and down, as each day passed
Some days good, others horrible
Sleeping, not sleeping, eating then not eating for days
Smiling, crying, felt loved, felt I didn’t want to carry on
So many emotions to cope with, but I know I’m loved and cared for
So my life goes on hoping that things someday will be better
You never know maybe a better world will come out of this pandemic
Being in sheltered housing is great more so through the
Pandemic we’re all going through.
We have constant care 24 hours a day, even though staff and wardens are working from home we get our morning call as always and they are always there if needed.
I cannot thank them enough for looking and caring for me, it’s been a life-line during this awful time.
Knowing they are looking after our welfare is more than I could wish for.
Bridgewater Housing Association Board and Staff would like to thank Brenda for sharing her poem and experience during this difficult time which is why it is so important to celebrate Scottish Housing Day and the great work that continues to take place within social housing.