It happened suddenly as they said it would. Recommended to apply for Sheltered Accommodation through Brighton Council’s Homemove organisation,it hardly seemed anytime until I was offered a place.
Why the panic? A massive building project threatened the peace at my place in Grand Parade. For me, too, the stairs posed a problem, carrying carrier bags up flights of stairs was proving too much. Then there were the screeching sirens. But I had been happy there and rather dreaded the move.
There was only a week before signing the lease(secured tenancy), and I had to almost simultaneously arrange to move and organise a removal van, carpeting and window covering-initially white net. The carpet had to be down before the belongings moved in.
Luckily Mike Stimpson Properties whose flat I had been renting, recommended a removal company, who did everything. All I had to do, was to pack my things. As most of it is in plastic tubs, this was fairly easy. I had some help from a mate; and my sister performed a miracle when I was stood in a pile of goods at the new address.
The flat itself is one bedroomed purpose built with a wet room and kitchen. It overlooks a row of semis and is set back from (another) busy main road.
It is rented from the Southern Housing Group.
I also had to liaise with the Housing Benefit Office . There was some panic while doing this. It was a simple job for them, but almost too much for my nervous disposition. Luckily, a Floating Support officer who came from Brighton Housing Trust was most helpful and soothed me over the difficult and anxious time.
I was made most welcome by the care team at the apartments, and look forward to a long stay-Anyone who is proposing to move into sheltered accommodation is advised to get all the things you need to do lined up to be ready for the great event. written in haste.
forward to a long stay.