My name is Maggie Bennett and I am the Managing Director of Island Healthcare which has been providing care and support services for a great number of people since June 2003.

As a way of introducing the service we offer I’d like to share a real life story with you about a woman who lived at one of our care homes and the things that really mattered to her.

Joy's Story

What Joy’s Story taught us:

    That Joy loved her husband and family – they were the most important factor in her life
    Her life had been full of simple pleasures such as reading her paper and ‘getting the washing out’
    Her deafness had resulted in early social isolation and was determined to be ‘no trouble’
    She loved her TV programmes that she could hear with her hearing aid which changed her life
    She had no interest in ‘group activity’ preferring to have regular visits from her family for chats
    She was generous with everything – having had very little for a considerable part of her life
    She had experienced quite a lot of personal and family tragedy which resulted in her being non-judgemental, pretty un-shockable and immensely kind

Joy was my mother, and her story shows us the value of knowing about people.  It allows us to provide person centred care, and be a friend in often difficult and frightening times.  We always strive to pass the ‘Mum Test’.