media picture

Sunley Court - Lilian Tavener-Jones

103-year-old Lilian discusses life at ExtraCare’s Sunley Court.

Lilian Tavener-Jones recently celebrated her 103rd birthday with friends and family at ExtraCare’s Sunley Court. Lilian moved to Sunley Court in Kettering, Northamptonshire when life began to get harder for her as she got older. At the time, Lilian was in her nineties and was still driving but she found that she had little need for a car once she had settled into her new home. 

Getting out and visiting friends had become increasingly difficult in her home so Lilian was thrilled to find new friends, a supportive  community, and a brand-new lifestyle at Sunley Court. On many occasions, she has been able to invite her friends to visit her at Sunley Court and enjoy a few fun games of bridge.

Lilian said; “I enjoy the feeling of being cared for and not having the pressure of making too many decisions and worrying about the little things such as replacing lightbulbs and unexpected issues. My family has always commented especially on how fresh and clean the scheme feels too.” 

Lilian recently celebrated her 103rd birthday and enjoyed a party with friends and family at Sunley. She describes being 103 as much like being 100, but quite different from being 53; “There is no secret, but having a positive outlook in life certainly helps.”

Lilian feels she has lived a wonderful 103 years, adding; “I feel very lucky to still have my own mind and I would highly recommend Sunley Court as a place to live to others.”

Sunley Court is home to 40 apartments and dependent on individual circumstances ExtraCare can support people with personalised care needs, including dementia.