Regina, 80, Essex

“I had been thinking about downsizing for some time.  I saw a sign outside Brentwood and decided to look it up on the internet.  When I contacted them I was told I’d be put on a waiting list – but just a few weeks later I got a call from Wendy saying there was a place.

“I had a couple of viewings before I moved in.  The manager was very helpful and Home Group was very prompt in dealing with all the paperwork and my solicitor. It was all done in 12 weeks.

“I’ve been here 2 months.  It’s taken a little while to settle in from a bigger house, but there’s a beautiful garden to sit in and it’s just a few hundred yards from the high street.

“I chose Brentwood because of the central location and car parking available.  I feel comfortable here.

“I have been too busy to get involved in the communal events, but it’s good to know they are there for when I have more time to get involved.  I’m grateful to have the option.

“I didn’t realise how much residents were involved in making decisions at Brentwood – it’s very positive.

“I’ve made the right decision and would recommend Home Group to anyone else looking for somewhere to live when they retire.”