Hillcare resident puts pen to paper to share her care experience


Hillcare-Care Industry News (250 x 111)A Stockton-on-Tees care home resident has shared her experience of moving to her new home in a very creative manner – by telling her story in rhyme.


Julia West, aged 72, originally from Aberdeen, travelled all over the world before deciding to settle down in the North East of England in the small town of Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees.


Julia, recently made the move just up the road to Hill Care home Mandale House, and decided to use her love of verse and put pen to paper to share her journey to the place she already sees as her home.


She said: “I have always loved reading poetry and since moving into Mandale House I have been encouraged to try my hand at writing and take up this activity which I really enjoy.”


Home Manager Chris Reason said: “Julia’s poetry is wonderful – it is a great way for her to share her experiences and really express her creativity.


“As a home we love to encourage our residents to continue activities they may have enjoyed in their younger days and even try out new hobbies that may interest them.


“We want our residents to feel as at home as possible, so we support and listen to any suggestions our residents wish to share.”


Mandale House, part of the Hill Care group, is situated in a quiet residential area in Thornaby. It offers 56 single bedrooms and impressive grounds with mature trees and a large decked area for our residents.


Julia wrote the following verses:


Water gushing everywhere

All I could do was stand and stare

The stopcock I could not reach

Help I need I do beseech


A call for help to repair

Was put on hold to my despair

All I could do was stand and cry

But my priority was getting dry


In the bedroom I went and fell

All I could say was ‘Bloody Hell’

An emergency call I had to send

Care call came to save and mend


My saviours said I could not stay

But we will help you if we may

They got on the phone and called around

Until a care home they had found


To Mandale House I have come

And this is now my happy home

Everyone here is helpful and kind

That has given me peace of mind!



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