Stephen’s story

In memory of Stephen

Stephen came to live with us at Highwater House eight years ago. Due to a deterioration of his mental and physical health, and an increase in alcohol use, he could not cope with independent living and needed more structured living arrangements.

During his time at Highwater House, Stephen became a well-liked member of the Highwater community; he would often sit in the office telling stories, and always joined in with parties.

At Highwater House the team and residents share a lounge and socialise together as much as possible. Through the evenings Stephen would play various games, always intent on winning.

He had an infectious laugh and always found humour in situations even as his health declined. As Stephen deteriorated further and it was clear he didn’t have long left to live, he asked that he could stay at Highwater House. He couldn’t imagine moving anywhere else and loved the other residents and team. He wanted to die in his home surrounded by those he considered family.

Working closely with Stephen and the hospital and community teams we followed Stephen’s wishes. He died at the home in autumn wearing his favourite Liverpool football top which his key worker, Jenna, had had his name printed across the back of for his birthday.