Despite being 94 years of age, Lily Ball still manages to enjoy a busy life with the support of Aspire Home Carers.
I joined Aspire Carer, Amanda Golding, on one of her regular visits to see Lily, provide companionship and organise her lunch.
Sprightly, engaging and enjoying walks around her sumptuous Saltwood garden, Lily has even embarked on a book of her life-story. Her only health concern is glaucoma and macro-degeneration in her eyesight, for which she needs her eyes washed and drops applied twice a day.
Born in 1923, her son-in-law is putting the autobiography together, and they are currently writing about her war experiences with prompts from her diaries – so there is a considerable way to go yet!
Amanda and the other conscientious Aspire carers, visit once or twice a day depending Lily’s requirements, as one of her three daughters conveniently lives in the village as well.
“We can fit in around Lily’s and the family’s schedule and needs,” said Amanda, who has been with Aspire for four years. “Our role is to provide companionship by sharing stories, and also to recognise the importance for Lily to be able to talk about her memories – and she still does so with great humour!”
Lily maintains a busy schedule of outings and visits to fill her days. She goes to the Kent Association for the Blind once a month; bible study once a month; she goes out with friends and has them visit for tea; has a weekly visit from her hairdresser; she’s a member of the Camera Club which shows films regularly and her social life is enriched by family events such as birthday parties, Christenings, and weddings.
“Having the Aspire girls come to see me makes a tremendous difference to my life,” Lily told me. “I know when they will be here, and I check the clock and they are always arrive when they say.”
She orders her meals from the Oakhouse home delivery service once a month and Aspire staff prepare what she wants on the day.
Lily moved to Saltwood in 1966 when her husband’s insurance company relocated from London to Folkestone, and they celebrated a Diamond Wedding anniversary before he died in 2013.
But it was clear from my visit to meet Lily that Aspire makes a significant contribution to the quality of her life to enable her to live it to the full!