A £9.5 million scheme which allows residents to live independently with the reassurance of an on-site care team, has celebrated its first few months in the community with a grand opening event.
Image caption: Housing 21 colleagues and partners from South Gloucestershire Council.
Edward Jenner Court in Emersons Green is a purpose-built development offering 50 two-bedroom apartments, to people over the age of 55.
The scheme has been delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Vistry Partnerships using funding from Homes England. It has been designed to enable people over the age of 55 to live independently with access to on-site communal facilities and a 24/7 Care Team.
Housing 21 is the country’s leading not-for-profit provider of Extra Care and Retirement Living for older people of modest means.
Tracy Jones, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted to officially open Edward Jenner Court and welcome residents. Our Extra Care properties strike a unique balance as they allow residents the freedom to live independently in their own home, with the option to access on-site communal facilities and care support if and when required.
“The apartments are designed to a high-quality standard with all of the modern touches that allow residents to live comfortably in their own home, while the scheme itself has facilities including a communal lounge, hair salon and restaurant, as well as a guest apartment for visiting family and friends.”
Image caption: residents and colleagues celebrating the grand opening of Edward Jenner Court
The apartments are available for rent or shared ownership to people over the age of 55 with a connection to the local area. The scheme has been built, developed and will be managed by Housing 21, which achieved 90% resident satisfaction from those living in its Extra Care schemes in its 2021 annual resident survey.
An on-site Housing Manager is available to assist residents with any concerns or queries, including repairs, benefit claims or suggestions for events. The manager is supported by a care team which is based on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with any planned or emergency care needs.
Cllr Ben Stokes, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the official opening for Edward Jenner Court in Emersons Green and meet with some of the residents and staff.
“The Council has been working closely with partners such as Housing 21 and the Lyde Green Community Association to deliver this scheme, and we also provided £250,000 of key funding.
“Extra Care housing such as this enables people over the age of 55 to live independently with communal facilities on offer and care assistance available at close hand if needed. Being able to enjoy the privacy of your own apartment whilst knowing that a 24 hour on-site care team is available provides peace of mind for its residents, and for their families.”
The scheme’s on-site facilities, including the hair salon, communal lounge and restaurant, will be available for use by the local community. Couples and individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can apply, as can those with pets who are welcome at the scheme.
Planning and construction on the site was led by Vistry.
Marc Thompson, Managing Director at Vistry Partnerships West, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Housing 21 to deliver this high-quality, independent living development in Bristol. As one of the largest providers of affordable homes in the UK, we’re keen to play our role providing more mixed tenure homes, including Extra Care and for rent, and Edward Jenner Court delivers both of these.”
Image caption: Bruce Moore, Chief Executive at Housing 21 with colleagues and residents at Edward Jenner Court
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