Lily has been a client of ours for the last year and at 97 years old is still fiercely independent and is the reason why we’re so passionate about what we do in enabling people to stay in their own home for a long as possible.
She was born in Hornsey in1922 and lived there with her family, all in one room, until she was 4 years old. She then moved to Muswell Hill until she was a teenager, and after that moved back to Hornsey until she got married at 26 when she moved to St Johns Wood. She had a job in a chemist right up until her first son was born in 1949. Her second son was born in 1953.
She lived on Abbey Road for 40 years and in this time she worked at Columbia Road Nursery which she talks about very fondly. There were 80 children in the nursery and Lily was an assistant in one of the rooms of 30. They would do finger painting, water play, sand play and her favourite activity to do with the children was taking them out on trips. They took them to places like the local fire station and police station and also hospitals to visit old people. All their experiences were written down and the intention was to get them printed but unfortunately they ran out of money.
She now lives in Rickmansworth to be close to her family and grandchildren and has been in her flat for the last 8 years. Lily’s experience of living on her own with help from our CAREGivers most days is a really positive one. ‘I’d be lost without them” talking about the CAREGivers that come in to see her. “There is nothing they won’t do for you, it is someone to talk to and laugh with. It makes life so much better”
She started using Home Instead after a 6 week stay in hospital after fracturing her pelvis. She is thankful for the help the CAREGivers give her but she is also adamant that she continues to do the things she is still able to do. “I wouldn’t want them to do everything, it would make me feel redundant. Having my independence means I’ve got something to live for.
Lily feels it’s very important to keep on moving. She sits and moves her hands or feet whether she’s at home, on the bus or anywhere she can. She also tries to get out the house at least once a day, and if not she will make sure she walks around her flat. It’ is evident that this has helped keep Lily mobile and able to stay in her home independently.
We ended our chat with Lily explaining what the most important thing was about having Home Instead come in to help. She says that having the company is so important. She knows if she can’t get out the house for a couple of days she knows someone will be coming to help out and keep her company. “Talking and conversing really helps. That to me is real therapy”