Jessie Marshall, a new resident of Rosewell House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Tonbridge, is thrilled to be in her new home.

It has already improved her wellbeing and reduced her anxiety.

“It’s a palace compared to where I was living before. I was in my home for 18 years but for the last seven, I was very isolated,” says 83-year-old Jessie, who was one of the first residents to move into Rosewell House in June.

“I was suffering with severe anxiety and would panic at the slightest noise, I actually wound up calling the ambulance service on several occasions. I would do gardening to ease my anxiety but when my arthritis developed, I couldn’t do that anymore so I’d find myself driving to garden centres for a cup of tea just to get out. Since I’ve been here though, I’ve relaxed so much; my family say I’m a different person and it’s only been six weeks.

“I couldn’t have a better flat, it’s surrounded by trees and I can open my patio doors and see the birds and wildlife. I like to sit in the garden cup of tea and I always chat with the neighbours.

If could sum up this place in three words, I’d say security, peace and friendship. I’m so glad I made the move, it was stressful but now I’m here and I can’t think of a single thing I don’t like about the place!”

Rosewell House comprises 59 one and two-bedroom apartments, alongside an excellent range of communal facilities. The apartments are for over 55s in need of a little care and/or support and are available on an affordable rent basis via the local authority and to purchase through Older Person’s Shared Ownership (OPSO).

Extra care housing enables over 55s to continue to live independently, whilst providing communal facilities to promote sociability and varying levels of care and support on site.