FIVE pensioners with a combined age of 428 set up their own management company after becoming fed up with paying sky-high care home fees.
They now control services such as gardening, cleaning and utilities at their 44-apartment complex in Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire, and are saving fellow residents money by using local contractors.
The five — Rosemary Nelson, 81, Lesley Whitehead, 85, Caroline Taylor, 90, Muriel Adams, 88, and Marjorie Davis, 84 — set up a ‘right to manage’ company. ‘It’s super. Everything is a lot better,’ said Irene Beaver, 87. ‘It’s the best thing we ever did,’ added Milly Carter, 90. ‘The window cleaner actually cleans the windows properly.’
Care provider Stonewater still owns the building. Cherry Jones, of Home To Home Property Management, works with the group. ‘The whole atmosphere has changed,’ she said. ‘They’re really, really happy.’