Rose came to live at George Brooker House in April 2016. We asked Rose how she was finding life in the home.
Where were you born?
I was born in Eastwood Road in West Silver Town, London in 1939. So I am an East End girl, just like my mum and dad were.
Tell us a little about your life
I was the only child of Charlie and Rose Bugby and they doted on me. I went to school in Silvertown and I also attended the local Sunday School at St Barnabas Church. When I left school, I went to work in John Knights, which was a factory, where they made lux and castile soap and I was on the production line packing these. I worked there for 16 years until I was made redundant and then I had a few more jobs in various factories until I worked in Tate and Lyle sugar factory. I worked there up until I retired. I never got married but I still had a nice life. I used to go the local pub with my Dad and we would have a drink. We also had a chihuahua called Panda Rose, who came everywhere with us. I used to love going to Chris Street Market to have a look around the stalls every Saturday, I do love a bargain.
Where were you living prior to George Brooker House?
My parents and I moved to Camel Road, Silvertown in 1961 and that is where I remained living there until I moved into George Brooker House 4 years ago. I came to live at the home as I was unwell and I could no longer care for myself and I had no one else who could help me.
How are you finding life at George Brooker House?
I have to be honest; I have settled in better than I thought I would. I think the home is lovely and I am very happy living here. I have my own room and it is decorated just as I like it. I have my own display cabinet, with my Royal Dalton Ornaments on display and I even have my own fridge in my room. I can do everything that I want to, just like I did when living at home. If I choose not to mix with others, then I stay in my room but I do like to come out to the entertainment, play bingo and sit out reading my book in the lovely garden. Since coming here, I have been on holiday to Walton on the Naze with other residents and the wonderful care staff. I regularly get my hair done and I still attend my own dentist, who I have been with for many years.
How do you find the staff at George Brooker House?
The staff are really nice and helpful and I would go as far as to say they are just perfect. I think they are wonderful and that is the carers, domestics and kitchen staff too. Everyone looks after our needs.