Dorchester retiree makes picture perfect wedding gesture to celebrate staff member

11 May 2017

Recent research from the Royal Voluntary Service shows that 63% of retirees over the age of 70 feel more content than at any other point in their lives, and having more time for personal activities and hobbies was one of the things highlighted as a positive aspect of growing older*.

Rowena Hampton, 78, a homeowner at Bowes Lyon Court, a McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living PLUS (previously Assisted Living) development in Poundbury, is certainly testament to these findings. Since making the move last winter, Rowena is enjoying an active social life in a new thriving community, and has had much more time to focus on her lifelong passion, art.

A keen artist throughout her entire life, Rowena enjoyed her hobby alongside her role as a PA, specialising in pastel portrait paintings. Staff at Bowes Lyon Court recognised Rowena’s passion and to help her creativity flourish have given her use of the light and spacious library room to paint, and to keep her easel. Art classes are held at the development for homeowners once a fortnight, which Rowena regularly attends and enjoys passing on her knowledge and guidance to fellow homeowners.

Rowena’s artistic talent hasn’t gone unnoticed at Bowes Lyon Court, with homeowners and staff asking her to paint a portrait of Bowes Lyon Court Duty Manager, Jasmine Pearson, as a surprise wedding present. Rowena had just one small photo of Jasmine to create the painting, which she spent over ten hours on. All the homeowners and staff came together at the beginning of May to present Jasmine with the stunning painting, ahead of her wedding later in the month.

Last year, like many other retirees, Rowena felt it was time to move to a home that allowed her to feel safe and secure, and provided an opportunity to be part of an active community. Rowena commented: “I had lived in Bridport for 17 years; but with my children having flown the nest, I was living alone in a large house, which also had a large garden, and after a short stay in hospital, my daughters and I decided the time was right for me to make the move. My daughters knew of Poundbury and were very fond of the area, and it seemed the perfect location for me as it was only 13 miles from my hometown, meaning I wouldn’t lose contact with friends.”

Whilst it was important to Rowena to stay close to friends, it was equally as important to be in an environment where she could continue to enjoy her favourite hobby, and where her creativity could flourish.

Dorchester resident Rowena Hampton with her pieces of art

Now at the heart of the close-knit community at Bowes Lyon Court, Rowena explained how happy she is: “I viewed the development with my daughters and son-in-law, and was shown a south-facing one bedroom apartment, which I was immediately taken by. I was impressed with the beautiful décor and wide-range of facilities, and was delighted I would be able to bring my 13 year old cat with me. I really enjoy being part of the active community here, and everyone has been so friendly and welcoming. I’ve always been a socialable person, so it’s lovely that there are always other people around and lots of activities to get involved in, like the coffee mornings, film nights, and of course, the art classes. There is always something going on at the development, and I like to get involved in as much as possible, especially when the staff have gone to the effort of organising it for us.”

Kim Caldwell, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone Southern, comments: “Our developments are designed to provide a luxurious home that you own, with comfort and privacy, and all the help you need to enjoy life and maintain your independence. The attention to detail and quality approach we pay to each and every new development helps us to enrich lives. We are thrilled to hear Mrs Hampton is enjoying her new home and continuing with her passion for art, whilst making the most of being part of a community of likeminded neighbours at Bowes Lyon Court.”

Bowes Lyon Court consists of 62 stunning one and two bedroom apartments designed exclusively for the over-70s. A qualified team are on hand to provide personalised, flexible on-site support packages which can be tailored to individual’s specific needs, as well a 24-hour emergency call service and staff on-site 24 hours a day for that added peace of mind. There is a lift to all floors as well as wheelchair access to all apartments so homeowners can move around without difficulty and make the most of all the development has to offer, while making friends in their new community. Bowes Lyon Court is fully equipped with fantastic facilities, which include a striking Atrium - a meeting place with media points and Wifi, a stunning roof terrace, onsite restaurant and a luxurious wellbeing suite.

For further information about Bowes Lyon Court or to arrange an appointment with the sales team, please call: 0800 201 4847. For more information on Retirement Living PLUS (previously Assisted Living) in Poundbury please click here.

*Source: Daily Mail 4th April 2017

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