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Louise's story

It is rare to find a place such as this for those with special needs

My sister, Louise has lived at Ravenswood Village for 32 years.



Louise has complex special needs following a vaccine injury at 15 months of age which left her with life limiting disabilities. She lived at home until she was 17, and it was then that my parents made the difficult decision that Louise’s needs were better met in a care home environment.


Lou, Mum and Dad

Prior to this she had attended Heritage House School in Chesham and my parents had taken advantage of periodic respite care when possible. Sadly, Louise’s first experience of full-time care was in an institutionalised hospital with long corridors with wards off them. She did not thrive in this environment having lived at home with us for so many years. My parents eventually found Ravenswood and they managed to secure her a lifelong place here which was everything they had been looking for.


Ravenswood have fostered a wonderful family feel within all the homes on site

My parents were passionate about Ravenswood, and they were actively involved in all aspects of the village, when they were alive. Ravenswood is unique in that it provides a village style environment within a care setting. The residents can experience many “real life” situations, for example visiting the cafe, in a safe setting where they are afforded a sense of freedom that they would not experience elsewhere.


Lou and Sister Charlie

During her time at Ravenswood, Louise has been able to swim, interact with the horses at the stables on site, she has been involved in music classes, holidays away, visits to family, birthday celebrations, visits to the café and much more. The staff know the residents so well and Ravenswood have fostered a wonderful family feel within all the homes on site. They have supported Louise through hospital visits, short breaks away, family visits, and activities on site. I have fond memories of my visits to the Ravenswood Village Summer Fair when I was a teenager, which was a big event once a year.


To move her now would be heart breaking and detrimental to her health and wellbeing

Louise has built up special relationships, not just with staff, but also with fellow residents over her 32 years at Ravenswood. They become extended family and they share a unique journey together. It is rare to find a place such as this for those with special needs, that allows such an experience.



Louise’s needs are complex; she is non-verbal, and totally reliant on the 24 hour care she receives. There are few, if any, places that would give Louise the environment she needs to continue to thrive as she enters her latter years. To move her now would be heart breaking and detrimental to her health and wellbeing.


It is my hope that Louise continues to live out her latter years at Ravenswood, and that a way forward can be found to keep this wonderful village going. It’s what my parents would want for her, and it is what I want for Louise too.

Charlie

Louise's sister



Ravenswood Village is currently under consultation with the possibility of closure. Please show your support for our families and friends to keep their home by signing the petition below. These are vulnerable people who deserve to continue to live where they feel happy, loved and safe.



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