Great Place to Grow Old - William Tells his Story at Trust Board

19/12/2018

Great Place to Grow Old - William Tells his Story at Trust BoardGreat Place to Grow Old
William Tells his Story at Trust Board
Name: William Sharkey
Age 82
 
(Resident at William Street Residential Home)
 
William St – A Great place to Grow Old
 
With a focus on a great place to grow old, the Trust invited William Sharkey to attend Trust Board this December to tell his story about his time and experience under the care of the Western Trust.
 
William fell at the end of May 2018 whilst out doing his shopping.  He damaged his hip and was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital for rehabilitation and moved to Rectory Fields to continue his recovery from the fall.
 
Speaking about his experience William said: “The care I received at Altnagelvin Hospital and Rectory Fields was first class.  I used to live in a three story house with my brother but when he passed away I just couldn’t manage it on my own anymore. I decided that following my rehabilitation care at Rectory Fields that I did not wish to return to live at home. I was delighted to be offered a longer term residential placement at William Street and been here for quite some time and it just feels like home. 
 
When asked by Trust Board what the most important thing for him was as he grew older William said: “For me it’s about having a place to live and with good company.  I have made so many friend in William St, people who go out of their way to help you.”
 
John Magee a Western Trust Care Assistant at the home replied to the same question saying: “It’s important the people we care for as they grow old feel safe and secure in a caring and supportive environment which what we strive to provide in our Home.”