July 2019: A resident's view: Life at Baycroft


In this series, we bring you a chat with some of our residents. This month, we meet Audrey from our Orpington home.

Audrey Davids is a character. With a cheeky smile and a glint in her eye, she explains that she recently had a party at Baycroft for her 30th birthday – or, as some people refer to it, her 90th.

Sitting in one of the home’s comfortable living rooms with her best friend June, she describes the dancing, the food, and the “fun and games” that marked her birthday.

“We had a good time. June was there, dancing away… it was a lovely way to turn 30 again,” she says. June laughs, settling herself back with a cup of tea to listen to Audrey.

A singer came for the event, which went down very well with music-loving Audrey. Did she sing herself? “No, I can’t sing. They’d deport me if I tried,” Audrey replies.

Family and friends visited for the birthday party, held in a room full of balloons for the festivities. Guests were treated to a specially made cake – complete with yellow roses, Audrey’s favourite.

Audrey has been living at Baycroft’s Orpington home for nearly two years. She loves animals, and is very fond of Gunner, the home’s resident dog, who is fast becoming a fixture of Orpington life.

Her hobbies include having long chatty lunches with June, and taking part in some of the many activities that Baycroft has on offer – visits from the local Tiny Tots in particular have been wonderful, she says.

It’s just one of a number of community initiatives that Baycroft is running, encouraging young visitors from nearby schools into the home.

Another of Audrey’s hobbies is seeing friends from her church, one of whom organised her birthday party.

So, with all the many things on offer at Baycroft, what’s her absolute favourite thing to do?

“Play the fool,” she says, smiling.

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