In praise of the Pensions Board as landlord

02 November 2006


Sir, - My father, who had been a member of the clergy for 40 years, died iearly June this year. For the year before that, he had been resident at StuarCourt, a Pensions Board accommodation unit in Kibworth, Leicestershire. understand that a number of church members are unaware of what these facilitieoffer, and I should like to sing the praises of the Board and their staff.

Stuart Court is made up of a number of single- and double-occupation flatseach offering the freedom and independence that many seek, and perhaps maavoid, thinking that they are "moving into a home". The place is actually lika five-star hotel, only with staff who care, and food to match the five-starating. Each "suite" has at least one large bedroom, a bathroom, a hall with aabundance of storage, and a large living room with a small kitchenette, for thtimes when you don't want to join the others for meals in the dining room.

Residents are encouraged to partake of services in the chapel, and those whare able to are encouraged to attend services in the churches in thsurrounding area.

My wife and I had total peace of mind, knowing that my father was in such aexceptional place; with his own independence, but also with friends (and everone of the staff is included in that) ready to watch and care for him should ibecome necessary. We will for ever be grateful to the staff at Stuart Court fogiving my father an exceptionally happy final year, and can only say thashould any of your readers be concerned about their next move after retirementthe Pensions Board "homes" are really well worth considering. They do alsoffer two- or three-day stays beforehand, so that you can decide whether iwould be suitable for you, without any commitment.

I just hope that enough clergy continue to use these facilities, becausthey really are excellent, and it would be such a shame to see them closed folack of applicant
3 Farm Close, Littlethorpe, Leicester LE19 2JD

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