The doors have opened on a new £10m purpose-built housing development designed specifically for people over the age of 55 with a current or future care need.
Eller Beck Court in Skipton comprises 58 one-and-two-bedroom apartments which are available for social rent and shared ownership for older people of modest means.
The scheme has been delivered by Housing 21, the country’s leading provider of Extra Care and Retirement Living in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and Craven District Council. 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 provided by Catholic Care.
Claire Charlton Head of Extra Care at Housing 21, said: “After two-and-a-half years of construction we are delighted to finally open the doors to Eller Beck Court and welcome our first residents. As an Extra Care scheme, this development has been purposefully designed to enable people to live independently with the reassurance of an on-site Care Team to meet any current or future needs, whether it is planned or in an emergency.
“Our stylish and modern apartments offer people choice to enjoy the privacy of their own home as well as opportunities to socialise using the accessible communal facilities including a café/ bistro, hair salon, lounge and gardens.”
There are 29 apartments available for purchase through a shared ownership scheme, with share options ranging from 25 percent to 75 percent. The remaining 29 apartments are available for social rent, ranging from £109.06 per week for a one-bedroom apartment or from £129.51 per week for a two-bedroom apartment. Housing Benefit is accepted, subject to eligibility.
Cllr Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: “We are delighted to have worked with North Yorkshire County Council and Housing 21 in delivering this impressive new facility. Eller Beck Court combines independent living with the reassurance of on-site care and the opportunity to mix with others and enjoy the best of facilities. I am confident it will offer a real alternative for those looking at their housing and care options in later life.”
Each apartment includes a digital call system which will allow residents to video call the Scheme Manager and residents from the comfort of their own home while an on-site Care Team will be able to deliver personalised care as required.
Cllr Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration at North Yorkshire County Council said: “The development of extra care in the county is a strategic priority for the council, and I am delighted to see another scheme opening. With extra care, you stay in control of your own future, retaining dignity, security and choice – and this scheme is a real asset for Skipton and the surrounding area.”
Extra Care Living provides a modern alternative to residential care enabling people to continue to live independently with the reassurance of an on-site Care Team and provides the opportunity for couples to remain together even when only one person has a care need. Pets are more than welcome too.
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