Susan’s ‘Olympic’ determination keeps her independent after moving to a retirement village
The loss of one’s independence is one of the greatest dreads facing those in retirement, especially when coupled with reducing mobility, but a new lease of life was on the cards for Susan Casey when she moved to Richmond Painswick, close to the glorious ‘Cider with Rosie’ valley made famous by poet Laurie Lee in rural Gloucestershire.
Susan Casey, 75, moved to a village suite with assisted living at Richmond Painswick eight years ago, and now thoroughly enjoys having full use of the wellness spa and access to a highly experienced team of instructors and physios at the village.
It’s the little things that make a huge difference for Susan, and as well as attending the gym and classes regularly, she has a programme carefully tailored to her which includes an intense walking regime every day to help build her strength and general mobility, and just 10 minutes a day is already having a big impact.
As well as helping her to stay fit and mobile, Susan has also made new friends both within the retirement village and the wider community of Painswick itself.
“I used to ride, ice-skate and play tennis, but I now have some difficulty maintaining my balance, so I also practice tai chi within a general fitness programme,” says Susan. “Going to the spa has really helped me feel part of the wider community, and enjoy life to the full,” she adds.
“Getting her strength back has made such a huge difference to Susan,” says Simone Clifford, fitness professional at the Richmond wellness spa, “while also helping her to gain both confidence and independence, it’s been wonderful to see. Going to the spa has quite literally got her back on her feet again.”
Susan says: “When I first arrived at Richmond Painswick, I could get about with a stick. I moved into a village suite and was able to participate in many of the activities available. I then started to use a wheeler and recently, for the second time, have had to get about using a wheel chair. But the staff in the spa are helping me to get back on my feet with an exercise plan, and I make use of the gym on the days I don’t have an exercise class.”
One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years. The company currently operates five luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire now opening, and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire already well underway.