An innovative new housing development for older people in Fakenham has opened its doors to the public this week.
Prospective residents are invited to book a viewing of the homes at Meadow Walk, in Trinity Road, for its first ‘open week’ which runs until Friday 16 April.
It is the first Extra Care scheme developed by Housing 21 in Norfolk, providing much-needed affordable homes for local people aged over 55.
Designed to cater for residents’ changing needs, Meadow Walk offers independent living in a community setting combined with optional tailored on-site care and support.
The development comprises 66 one and two bedroom apartments, with 36 two bedroom apartments for shared ownership, and 30 one and two bedroom apartments for rent.
There is a shared lounge, assisted bathing suite and landscaped communal gardens, as well as a café/bistro and hair salon which are also open to the wider community – subject to government guidelines and social distancing rules.
Meadow Walk also includes a range of features aimed at supporting people living with dementia, by promoting social interaction and activities which prompt memory recall.
Along with a ‘nostalgia room’, complete with a village store and post office, there are indoor garden-based relaxation areas, a potting shed and a curiosity shop themed around Fakenham street names.
Each wing of the building also has its own street sign, created with the help of suggestions from local councillors.
Meadow Walk has been developed by Housing 21 in partnership with Norfolk County Council and North Norfolk District Council.
Supported by Homes England funding, the scheme has been built by specialist contractor Healthcare and Community Construction.
Despite coronavirus restrictions posing a challenge during building work, Meadow Walk is opening two weeks ahead of schedule with the first residents moving in from mid-May onwards.
Jayne Read, Housing and Care Manager at Meadow Walk, said: “We are thrilled to open our doors so we can meet potential future residents and their families, and showcase all the wonderful features this scheme has to offer.
“Our stylish, high quality apartments offer the privacy and security of your own home, along with the peace of mind of having the support of an on-site care team 24/7.
“We are particularly proud of the fantastic range of shared facilities here, including the ‘nostalgia room’ and delightful gardens, which will help create a real sense of community for our new residents.”
All apartments are fitted out with hi-spec kitchens, easily accessible mid-height ovens, raised power points and level-access showers.
For more information or to book an appointment to view the new homes at Meadow Walk, call Housing 21’s New Homes Team on 0345 608 4021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep staff and visitors safe, thorough cleaning will be carried out after each viewing. Social distancing will be observed, and protective gloves and face coverings will be available for visitors to use if they wish.
For more information about Housing 21, visit Meadow Walk's webpage.
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