Patrick Monahan, Avonpark Village

Patrick Monahan

Former surgeon Patrick Monahan’s search for a new retirement home brought him to Avonpark Village

Retired surgeon Patrick Monahan has his children to thank for helping him find his new home at Avonpark retirement village.

After a thorough search, Patrick’s son and daughter discovered this Wiltshire retirement village near Limpley Stoke and moved their father to a ground floor apartment overlooking the valley.

For Mr Monahan it was the perfect antidote after suffering four years of serious illness which culminated in the 79-year-old losing a leg.

“It has been a very difficult time for me, both physically and emotionally, and now being restricted to a wheelchair means I can’t do many of the things I want to do,” explained Patrick.

“But it gives me great peace of mind to know I have support and a care service in the village if I need it.”

As a former trauma surgeon working at a busy Swindon hospital near the M4 for 30 years, Mr Monahan appreciates good care.

He added: “As a retired surgeon you do become very critical of medical services but I have nothing but praise for the way I have been cared for here in the village. Here we have our own surgery on site that is a great help for someone like me who has limited mobility. We also have a host of visiting district nurses and all staff, not just the nurses, have shown me immense kindness and continue to do so which is just wonderful.”

Mr Monahan currently lives in one of Avonpark’s independent living apartments. As the years progress, if he needs care support, he has the option to move into one of the village’s care facilities or have care in his own home.

“It is comforting to know that just about every eventuality is covered here for me,” he added. “What together with staff and having my children living close by and calling in twice a week, I really do have a very good life.”