"It's too quiet at Morris Court"

About: Hanover Care at Home / Housing Support Service - Dalry

(as a service user),

It can get very, very lonely living on your own. I stay at Morris Court, part of Hanover Housing. I get out to a day centre one day a week but on other days I don’t get out and don’t speak with other people. I tend to get up early, I have a carer who helps me with my shower and then I’m on my own. I’m registered blind and don’t hear well so I can’t read or watch TV. The carers will do more for you, like housework, but you have to pay for it. I have family who help me with those things.

We get meals cooked for us and everyone comes together at dinner time but then they all disappear back to their rooms. Why don’t more residents come together for a blether?

I know it’s hard to change this, being in their rooms is what people want to do but I feel that people don’t mix the way they should. It’s too quiet for me there

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Response from Ken Nisbet, Assistant Area Manager, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association

The Very Sheltered Housing Support and Care Development, Morris Court provides a range of group activities over the course of each month and throughout the year. The service engages with the people who reside there and some of the examples of activities that take place include weekly bingo/dominoes, monthly musical entertainment, DVD afternoons and over the summer a fete was held at the development too. Other activities have been requested and although these have been put in place by service staff it can be difficult to maintain attendance despite staff encouragement to get involved. The development also has a group called ‘Friends of Morris Court’ which consist of a mix of residents, families and which also has office bearers. The group has several thousand pounds raised for its activities and it plans and organises activities and events through consultation with the resident group. The development is however, fundamentally an independent living environment and although new activities can be put in place it is entirely down to choice of the individual as to whether they participate or not in activities provided. Going forward we will continue to consult the resident group further and endeavour to offer up activities which reflect the level of support which can be reasonably expected and which are most popular with the resident group.

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