Downsizing Is The Key To Happiness for Codsall ResidentAdrian Hill (60) downsized to a new apartment at McCarthy and Stone’s Brindley Gardens development on Duck Lane earlier this year after the Codsall local spotted the new community being built and – even having spent most of the spring and early summer months in lockdown along with the rest of the country – Mr Hill says he feels right at home.

Although he was born in Wolverhampton, Mr Hill was brought-up in Codsall and he lived in the town until the age of 30.  Having moved out of the area for several years, Mr Hill moved back to Codsall in 2012 to care for his mum who was living with dementia.  When his mum sadly passed away last year, Mr Hill felt the time was right to downsize.

“The simple fact was, I didn’t need a three-bedroom semi-detached house.  It was too much space for me, whereas an apartment is just perfect for the stage in my life that I’m at right now. I’d become aware of Brindley Gardens when it was under construction – the development is built on the site of an old garage and I’m familiar with the location.  I contacted the sales team direct and I ended up making the decision to purchase the show apartment.  

“The McCarthy and Stone team that I dealt with were excellent, particularly when probate slowed things down.  They couldn’t have been more helpful, and it’s been wonderful moving into a show apartment where everything I could have needed was already there – right down to the kitchen equipment.  I’ve now got a low maintenance home, which doesn’t require a huge amount of upkeep, and I overlook landscaped gardens – not bad for someone who hates gardening!”

McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living developments are thoughtfully-designed to provide the very best in modern independent living, within a safe and secure environment.  With a communal coffee lounge and gardens, residents at Brindley Gardens can enjoy company as and when they want it and privacy as needed.

Not long after he moved to his new apartment, the country went into lockdown and, as Mr Hill explained, he particularly felt the benefits of being part of a community during this time.

“I’ve felt safe in my apartment throughout the pandemic, and McCarthy and Stone introduced extra cleaning and sanitisation procedures, so I’ve always felt safe in the Brindley Gardens building.  My neighbours are a great bunch and we all look after each other.  The communal areas have been closed, but you see people in the foyer and say hello or interact with them from a social distance.  Our House Manager, Caroline Williams, has been brilliant throughout – she’s a diamond!  

“Lockdown didn’t actually affect me too much – I would make trips out for essential groceries and go for walks – but I would say that experiencing it as part of the Brindley Gardens community has definitely been different to the experience I would have had if I’d been living in a house on my own. I’m sure my neighbours would have checked in on me, but here you’re surrounded by people and the House Manager is here if needed.”

A former IT professional who spent two decades of his career working for one of the region’s major employers, Bass (now Mitchells & Butlers), Mr Hill is now retired, but he has no plans to slow down and, as lockdown restrictions ease, he will be returning to playing competitive hockey every Saturday.

“I’m only in the 4th team, but we play in a league and it can get quite spirited.  When lockdown happened, we were just two weeks away from the end of the season.  It looks as though competitive games will be taking place again from September, but we will see how that works out.  I enjoy playing – it doesn’t just help me to stay fit, there’s also a social side to being part of a team and we all look forward to having a beer after the match.

“Looking to the future, it will be good to be able to get back to enjoying everyday activities without worrying – without wearing a mask or socially distancing – even if that seems some way off.” 

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