Date: July 2016


“The spa at Richmond Painswick has got me back on my feet again - quite literally!”

The loss of one’s independence is one of the greatest dreads facing those in retirement, especially when coupled with reducing mobility.

But many have found the move to a retirement village really can bring on a new lease of life, as Susan Casey discovered when she moved to Richmond Painswick, close to the glorious ‘Cider with Rosie’ valley made famous by poet Laurie Lee in rural Gloucestershire.

Susan Casey, 75, moved to a Village Suite with assisted living at Richmond Painswick eight years ago, and now thoroughly enjoys having full use of the wellness spa and access to a highly experienced team of instructors and physios at the village.

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Susan practicing her tai chi with fellow Richmond Painswick residents
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The lavender terrace at Richmond Painswick
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Relaxing by the pool at Richmond Painswick’s Spa
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It’s the little things that make a huge difference for Susan, and as well as attending the gym and classes regularly, she has a programme carefully tailored to her which includes an intense walking regime every day to help build her strength and general mobility, and just 10 minutes a day is already having a big impact.

As well as helping her to stay fit and mobile, Susan has also made new friends both within the retirement village and the wider community of Painswick itself.

“I used to ride, ice-skate and play tennis, but I now have some difficulty maintaining my balance, so I also practice tai chi within a general fitness programme,” says Susan.

“Going to the spa has really helped me feel part of the wider community, and enjoy life to the full,” she adds.

“Getting her strength back has made such a huge difference to Susan,” says Simone Clifford, fitness professional at the Richmond wellness spa, “while also helping her to gain both confidence and independence, it’s been wonderful to see.  Going to the spa has quite literally got her back on her feet again.”

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Susan Casey says:
“In July 2008, my late brother Michael, who sadly died in August 2012, moved me from London to be near him.  He was a chartered surveyor, and worked for an estate agent in Cirencester for most of his working life and lived nearby.  I had started to lose my balance six months before I moved to Richmond Painswick, and a consultant in London told me I would never get better.

“My neurologist has told me I have symptoms of sensory motor polyneuropathy and cerebellar syndrome.  My walking ability has slowly declined over the eight years I have been here.

“When I first arrived at Richmond Painswick, I could get about with a stick.  I moved into a village suite and was able to participate in many of the activities available.  I then started to use a wheeler and recently, for the second time, have had to get about using a wheel chair.  But the staff in the spa are helping me to get back on my feet with an exercise plan, and I make use of the gym on the days I don’t have an exercise class.”

About Richmond Villages
One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company currently operates five luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire now opening, and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire already well underway.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector, and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care, and won numerous awards.

For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit or telephone 0800 0987 094

About Bupa

Richmond Villages is part of Bupa.  Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.

As a leading global health and care company, it offers health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products; it runs care homes, retirement and care villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics.  It also provides workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.

Bupa has 29 million customers in 190 countries.  With no shareholders, it invests its profits around the world to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose.

It employs almost 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA.

For more information, please visit

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Issued by:                                           Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
LawsonClarke PR
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