Braeside House

81 Liberton Brae
Edinburgh EH16 6LE
Tel: 0131 270 3020

enquiries.braeside@royalblind.org

 

 

Jenny's Well

196 Hawkhead Road
Paisley PA2 7BS

Tel: 0141 370 7950

enquiries.jennyswell@royalblind.org

 

Braeside House and Jenny's Well are part of the national charity Royal Blind, charity number SC017167.

 

Violet Harper

Violet sits in armchairA dressmaker, ballroom dancer and pub landlady, Violet Harper has always lived a vibrant and varied life.

Violet moved to Braeside House in 2016 after her glaucoma was causing her to struggle in her day to day life. At 89 years old, Violet had additional medical needs and was unable to walk unassisted.

Now after receiving support from the specialist nursing staff at Braeside, Violet is back on her feet.

A dressmaker, ballroom dancer and pub landlady, Harper has always lived a vibrant and varied life.

Violet moved to Braeside House in 2016 after her glaucoma was causing her to struggle in her day to day life. At 89 years old, Violet had additional medical needs and was unable to walk unassisted.

Now after receiving support from the specialist nursing staff at Braeside, Violet is back on her feet.

“I’m the sort of person who always likes to be doing something,” she said. “I can’t even let the staff here do my washing up, I’m always wandering into the kitchen to help. I wasn’t keen to leave my house to begin with, but I wasn’t well at all and I couldn’t really look after myself anymore.

“I feel like a different person now, I can’t stress enough how amazing the staff here have been in helping me feel fitter. The people here are so lovely.

Always on hand for a friendly chat or a cup of tea who loves spending time with her friends at Braeside.

Whilst her eye condition means that she can no longer make clothes, Violet is still able to practice another of her hobbies – cross stitch. Violet produces beautiful cross-stitch portraits of her family, as well as landscapes, which hang in her bedroom.

She also enjoys Braeside House’s daily activities including the quiz and music concerts.

She said: “It’s so nice that there’s always something to do. I loved dancing and gymnastics when I was younger. I used to do Scottish country dancing and ballroom dancing and I still love having a little dance now and then.

“If I hadn’t moved into Braeside House I don’t think I would be able to do half of the things I can do now. My room really feels like my room and my friends and family can come and visit whenever they want. It truly feels like home to me.” 

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