Vera and Neil, who we cared for in Vivo Care Choices’ supported living services, sadly lost their battles with COVID-19 recently. We wanted to pay tribute to them both and highlight the impact they had on many people’s lives, including our staff.

Tribute to Vera

She touched the hearts of all who knew her. Vera came to live at Overdene Road in October 2007 and, before this, was an independent lady, attending the Fire Station (day services) in Northwich.

She loved football and was a keen supporter of Manchester United. You’d often find her in the garden, enjoying a game of football with staff, and she loved to wear her football shirts.

Vera was well known for her sense of humour and mischief and was a big personality in the house, always having a smile for everyone. Her comments were sometimes cheeky, but they were all made with good humour and she had everyone laughing. If you were having a bad day, you would always go to see Vera, who would put a smile on your face.

Sadly, Vera’s health and dementia deteriorated over the past few years, but the decision was made for her to remain at Overdene with staff and tenants who knew her well and loved her.

Later in her life, Vera loved her dolls and cuddly animals and she enjoyed being out in the community in her wheelchair with staff. She lived a very fulfilled life and will be missed terribly. The house is already quiet without her.

Vera passed away peacefully on 23 February 2021.

Tribute to Neil

He came to live at Overdene Road in 2016 and had lived with Shared Lives carers before this.

Neil was very independent and enjoyed taking part in the Special Olympics. He had a part-time job in the British Heart Foundation charity shop before his dementia diagnosis.

Neil had a wonderful personality and was always the life and soul of any party. He was very strong willed and, if he had made up his mind that he didn’t want to do something, he couldn’t be persuaded otherwise. He hated to be told what to do.

He loved listening to music, dancing and, in his younger years, took on the role of DJ at one of the local clubs he liked to attend. He loved to dress up in fancy dress clothing and enjoyed watching wrestling and role play.

Neil had a laugh and joke and liked to make others laugh, always with a lovely, cheeky smile.

Neil was diagnosed with dementia around five years ago and needed more support and supervision with day-to-day activities, although his cheeky personality still showed.

Neil passed away peacefully on 7 February 2021 and is missed so much already.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging period for us all, with many people having to say goodbye to loved ones who’ve lost their battle with the virus. At Vivo, we continue to do all we can to support the people who depend on us, making sure all staff are following the latest COVID-19 guidance to minimise any risks.