Centenarian’s house gets a make-over from City West
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Elsie enjoys a cup of tea in her revamped home with Abby Grove Care Home Manager Bernadette O’Rourke and City West’s Vulnerability Officer Sue Wilkinson.
A 102-year-old woman from Salford has had her Eccles bungalow transformed thanks to improvement works carried out by City West Housing Trust to adapt her home to meet her needs.
Elsie Munroe – who has lived in the property for the past 25 years – was treated to a full re-wire, a new kitchen and a wet room, which will allow her to continue to live an active and independent life.
The housing association’s contractor, City West Works, also redecorated the living room, bedroom and hallway as part of a community initiative to provide and deliver services that exceed expectations.
Elsie, who has lived her whole life in the Salford community, first moved into her City West property in 1988. She previously lived in Patricroft in Eccles and worked in Monton Mill.
Elsie said: “I’m very happy with my new kitchen and for the lovely decorating City West has done – it’s all helped greatly and brightened up my home.
“I’ve lived in my home for 25 years, so I’m also thankful to City West for their help in making life easier for me and allowing me to stay in my house.
“I always make sure I go out every week with my friends and family – but now I’ll ask them to visit my home and use my brand new kitchen.”
Whilst the improvements were being made to Elsie’s bungalow, City West arranged for Elsie to have a three week respite stay at Abbey Grove Care Home in Eccles - where she very much got into the holiday spirit.
Elsie said: “I had such a great time at Abbey Grove, the staff were lovely and definitely made sure they looked after me – I don’t think I’ve had as many cups of tea before in my life.”
Keen to keep active during her time at Abbey Grove, Elsie offered support in looking after other residents - and even helped out with the washing up.
She became so popular with staff that many asked her to apply for a job at the home.
Elsie adds: “I really enjoyed helping out the other residents and look forward to catching up with them and the staff there very soon.”
Nigel Sedman, Assistant Director of Investment and Regeneration at City West, said: “Through our investment programme we are making sure we adapt and repair residents' homes to the best possible standard - but we don’t want to stop there.
“We are committed to going the extra mile with our contractors, which is why after completing the adaptations to Elsie's bungalow we began redecorating.
“I hope Elsie enjoys her re-vamped home, it has been an absolute delight to help improve her property, and we hope the adaptations will make life easier for her.”