Stories from our communities

Our residents are at the heartbeat of our retirement communities. Here they share their stories of why a move to Birchgrove was the right choice for them.

Stan’s story

Stan was living on his own and would never have considered moving out of the family home until he heard about Birchgrove. Something triggered in him to encourage him to find out more and the move has been life changing. Read his story about finding the right home and discovering a new lease of life...

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Come and see for yourself

Therese had been thinking about moving into a retirement community since her husband died, and when her daughter told her she was moving away to Yorkshire to follow her lifelong dream, she knew she couldn’t delay any further.


Cultivating Community

John moved to Birchgrove in February 2020 and instantly fell in love with the greenhouse and gardens. Handling the soil and watching the seedlings grow became not only a joyful pursuit, but a passion and hobby. John's experience with the garden certainly chimes with the RHS research findings of improved health and well-being.

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Elizabeth’s story

Supporting a parent as well as balancing the demands of family life can be challenging. But having someone there to share the load with you can make the all difference.

Here’s a daughter’s tale of how she supported her mother in a move to an apartment designed to preserve her independence and help her meet the challenges of ageing.


Prepared to move forward

Sylvia had been thinking about moving into a retirement community for quite some time and wanted to thoroughly consider all her options. A leaflet came through her door from Birchgrove which make her curious. And the rest, as they say, is history. Here's her story.


I'm a free agent

The home that we live in is so much more than just bricks and mortar. So making the decision to move has to be well considered and the right choice.

We caught up with Agnes recently to find out a little more about her, and what factors lay behind her recent move to Queensgate Apartments, Sidcup.