Kath Cresswell has lived in a care home for several years. She tells Bettercaring about her life in Robinson House, Bristol.

“After my last stroke I was finding it difficult living on my own. I would spend the entire day worrying about how I would cope during the night. I had help from my daughter and friends but, after I was hospitalised with a fall, I decided that I could no longer manage on my own."

“Moving out of my home was a big decision for me to make but I knew it was the right one. Before I moved into Robinson House I’d never even been to a care home, or knew anyone that had lived in one, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was nervous on the first day but I settled in really quickly and knew straight away that I’d made the right choice. The staff and carers were all really kind and friendly and made me feel at home. Just knowing that there were people on hand to help me if I fell made me feel very safe and relaxed."

“When I moved in I didn’t really bring that much with me, although some of the people here have brought lots of bits and pieces. I’ve got lots of photographs, flowers and knick-knacks around the place but my most cherished possessions are my memories. It’s important to bring things with you as it helps you feel more at home, especially in the first few weeks."

“I’ve been at Robinson House for [several] years now and I couldn’t be more content. I spend most days reading books and newspapers, watching a bit of TV and spending time with other residents and I visit the in house hairdresser every Monday. Brunelcare (which run the home) run weekly outings and there’s entertainment two afternoons a week. My daughter comes to see me twice a week and some of the staff bring their children to visit, which is lovely.”