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Margaret's Story

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Margaret is sassy, smart and independent.  Margaret has a smile for everyone. Margaret cares for her friends, comforting them when they are frightened.

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going to the gym, watching films at the cinema and having lunch in the Duke of York pub.

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The Chocolate Works Care Village, York

This is her story as told by her niece…

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“Auntie Margaret told us categorically that she never, ever wanted to leave her cosy, sheltered accommodation. It was her home. “Carry me out in a box,” she said with alarming regularity, “and never ever put me in a care home”.

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Widowed many years ago and with no children, my Auntie Margaret was always a stunner. She worked in fashion and took incredible pride over her appearance.

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Memories of visits to her house as a child are full of organising fashions shows with her huge collections of smart clothes and shoes! She loved it when I later spent part of my own career in fashion.

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... my mother (her younger sister) and I  were more than happy to look after Margaret as best we could. For so many years Auntie Margaret had been the rock of our family, so we proceeded to do our best to care for her. Visiting, shopping, hospital appointments and more but as time went on we became increasingly worried about her, her memory simply wasn’t as good and increasingly she was becoming introverted and sad, a shadow of her former self.

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...we concluded that Margaret simply wasn’t coping, however much we did, and we felt helpless and heartbroken. We decided that the time had come to look at alternatives...

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When we saw The Chocolate Works Care Village it’s fair to say that we were wowed. As it’s a brand new facility they had places available and when we visited we liked more than anything the feel of the place, the staff and the atmosphere.

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There were a range of residential options including apartments and care suites and the owners, Springfield Healthcare, couldn’t have been more helpful. It was also important to us that as Margaret’s condition develops further there won’t be a need to move her again as The Chocolate Works also offers specialist nursing dementia care as well as sensitive and dignified palliative care.

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Auntie Margaret, it is fair to say, was not enthusiastic but with a birthday coming up we used that as an excuse to take a “holiday” in the form of a short respite stay for a few weeks. I can honestly say that it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever been involved in. The days leading up to the move were full of anxiety but with hindsight I just wish we had done this sooner. A birthday party was held at her new home with her new friends and Margaret has not looked back.

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Every day, without fail, she now asks to stay at The Chocolate Works and will tell anyone and everyone how much she loves living there. She has a best friend as well as a wide circle of friends, they eat together, they enjoy music together, they have their hair and nails done.

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And not forgetting the improvements in her mobility by using the on site gym equipment and taking part in fun movement classes.

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