Kerry is thrilled by the changes she has seen in her sister Jan’s wellbeing since she moved into SeeAbility’s Buckinghamshire Support Service.

Before she came to SeeAbility, Jan was living in supported housing but she wasn’t getting the help she needed. She suffered from anxiety, particularly at night and because she was lonely, she was comfort-eating and gained a lot of weight.

“Jan has always been very sociable – she has a smile for everyone,” says Kerry, Jan’s sister.  “But she had become depressed and introverted. It really saddened me. I just couldn’t see how we could improve things.”

All that changed when the sisters visited Waterside House.

There was such a lovely family atmosphere,

remembers Kerry.

Everybody spoke to Jan. It just felt so right. And it was such a relief.

Fourteen months on, Jan is getting all the support and attention she needs from SeeAbility. “I love it here,” says Jan. “The staff make me happy.”

Initially Jan’s weight meant she needed a wheelchair to get around, but with encouragement from the SeeAbility team she has lost an impressive three stone. They’ve helped her to make healthier food choices and now, if she wants a snack, she’ll choose fruit over biscuits.

Jan’s weight loss means she’s much more active, walking to the shop half a mile away, playing ball with another resident and tracking her steps with her Fitbit. Three days a week she goes to college to do art, scrapbooking and IT.

Kerry is delighted.

The change in Jan is amazing. Every day she tells me how happy she is. SeeAbility is the best thing that could have happened to Jan in every way. I can’t sing their praises enough.