The New Year is supposedly full of hope. But what does “hope” actually mean? A quick look in the dictionary defines the noun hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen” or “grounds for believing that something good may happen.” or even “a feeling of trust.” Hope is also a verb, used in the sense of “wanting something to happen or be the case”.

Sometimes it is difficult to hope, perhaps because of the fear of being let down. There is a classic quote in the film Clockwise, starring John Cleese. He plays a headmaster who is obsessed by time and things running punctually. However, due to a series of totally unforeseen events, he ends up being late for a conference in Norwich, at which he is due to be the keynote speaker. Various possible means of transport come and go – literally – and time is ebbing away.  The camera closes in on him sitting by the roadside, head in hands, saying “It’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand!”.

For families with complex health needs, life can be a roller coaster of hope and despair, often feeling like three steps forward and two back – or even the other way round! Hopes can be raised then cruelly dashed, whether this is in terms of treatment or care or facilities. At Freedom Care we understand the complex needs not just of our service users but also their families. Our aim in our specialist care homes is to offer person centered care that takes this into account and will not let you down. Whilst we cannot promise to be perfect, we will always act according to our stated aim “A posse ad esse” – from possibility to actuality.

One of the testimonials on our website sums this up way better than we could even try to:

“It has taken our family many years to find a good care home, having applied and been to over three homes it was a great relief for us as a family and our son to find an understanding, small and home like environment as opposed to an institutional care home. Freedom Care are understanding and confident enough to face unknown challenges, we feel the personal atmosphere provided by Freedom Care is what makes it an excellent service. The management of the home is highly interactive with us on personal developments and we as a family feel our sun is rising and all of our lives are now so much brighter. After the many years of battle with the various systems in place our minds can rest at ease knowing our son is in good care.”

From all of us at Freedom Care we wish you a year filled with hope, where something good may happen for you and yours. Happy New Year!

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