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Mr Anthony (Tony) Fox tells us all about his first six months at Thamesfield, living in the same apartment his Father-in-law did many years before.

Tony made the move into Thamesfield Village after his wife passed away.  A few years previously, after his wife received a diagnosis for Dementia, Tony made the decision that he and his wife would both move into a care home so they could remain living together while receiving the extra care they needed  for someone living with dementia.

After her passing, Tony was in a position to be able to move elsewhere and regain his independence.

Tony said, “a neighbour of my son mentioned that his father was moving into Thamesfield, and it reminded me that my father-in-law had lived here years previously – it became very obvious I should at least take a look.  Straight away I decided it would be ideal.  I actually looked at a couple of apartments and while I was looking around spotted the apartment where my father-in-law had lived and it was coming available – so that’s where I live now!”

“For me, location is key.  Thamesfield is ideally situated, close to the river, there are lots of walks available and there’s a good size garden.    I enjoy walking by the river bank, strolling through the gardens and there’s always lots of activity on the river to see.” 

Tony, now a Great Grandfather, spent over a decade of his life working overseas in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, America and Libya with his wife and children. With a wealth of knowledge for different countries and cultures location was key for Tony. Activities and a chance to socialise were also high on Tony’s list of priorities.

Tony went on to say, “I have made lots of friends and really immersed myself in the community life.  When I arrived it was clear the Chairman of the Residents Committee wanted to have more activities running as lockdown restrictions eased – so I started to get involved.  I started with a play reading group and have gone on to help organise film nights, quiz nights, keep fit classes, i-pad help sessions and table tennis”. 

Lorence Pjetri, Village Manager said, “it’s wonderful to see so many more activities here at Thamesfield – we are here to facilitate any events our residents want to start up – the more the merrier we say.  Tony worked with various residents and staff to send out survey questionnaires which he then used to come up with activities and event ideas that would improve residents' engagement and social experience. Tony has been brilliant since he arrived here and I can’t wait to see what other activities he has up his sleeve.  It’s no surprise to me that Tony has already been nominated to join the Residents Association Committee as the newest member.  

During Random Act of Kindness Tony was nominated for everything he has done for Thamesfield Community.   As Morgan Freeman once quoted 'How do we change the world ? By One Random Act of Kindness at a time' - And by recognising and showing our appreciation to Tony, Thamesfield continues to be a better place for our residents to live in”. 

Tony enjoys the social interaction that comes with living at Thamesfield, he regularly joins a group of friends for tea and a chat and is now looking forward to a busy and active time in his new home continuing to be involved with everything from helping activities to getting stuck in to a future spot of gardening.

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