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Still loving life in lockdown - Joan's story

Resident, Joan talks about life in lockdown

Our lovely resident Joan moved to Houndswood House Care Home in February of this year and is 87 years young! We asked her to share some of her life story and her experience of living in lockdown during these past few months.

Joan was born in Edgware, Middlesex in 1932 and when she was seven years old, war broke out. This meant Joan was evacuated to the countryside. Joan then left school at the age of 14 years and went to college to learn short hand typing.

Joan and her husband were married for an amazing 66 years and had a daughter and two grandsons. Joan also told us she’s very interested in reading and music.  

How have you been keeping occupied?

I’ve been singing karaoke, reading books, keeping fit and relaxing. Also, I’ve been eating well and having goodies made by the staff.

To keep in touch with my daughter, we’ve been using FaceTime to catch up. Recently, I’ve been writing and sending postcards to other homes as well.

All the staff at Houndswood have been very kind, chatty and understanding in this awful predicament, keeping my spirits positive.

What has been the most challenging part of lockdown?

I miss my visits and time with my daughter and grandchildren.

Have you ever experienced anything similar to this current situation in your life?

World War 2 was harsh and more intense with evacuations and The Blitz.

What are you looking forward to when life gets back to normal again?

To visit outside places. To meet my daughter and grandchildren and give them a massive hug.

Thank you Joan, we hope it won’t be too long before you get to see your family and get to see lots of lovely places.

Please note that outdoor visits to our homes are subject to current coronavirus guidance.

Houndswood House Care Home is located in Radlett, Hertfordshire and provides nursing carepalliative care and respite care.

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