A stylish show home which will allow people over the age of 55 the opportunity to picture themselves living at a new £9.3m Extra Care Living scheme has now opened its doors to prospective residents.
Poppy Dene in Peterlee, County Durham, comprises 71 one- and two-bedroom apartments with onsite communal facilities including a restaurant and hair salon.
The scheme has been delivered by Housing 21, the country’s leading provider of Retirement and Extra Care Living for people over the age of 55 and of modest means.
David McGee, Extra Care Manager for the North East, Housing 21, said: “We know as people get older their housing needs change. When children move out the family home becomes too big; a sense of security becomes more important and health conditions trigger a change of priorities. However, people still want to retain their independence whilst future-proofing their home.
“Poppy Dene meets all of those requirements by providing modern, stylish apartments in a secure environment with the convenience of on-site communal facilities. What’s more, on-site Care Workers means that if care is needed now or in the future, they will be available as and when needed. It is the perfect way for people to future-proof their home without the need to give up their independence.”
In addition to the restaurant and hair salon, other facilities include a communal lounge, gardens, assisted bathing and a guest suite for visiting family and friends.
Apartments are available to rent and subject to eligibility, Housing Benefit is accepted, with rent starting from £109.76 to £130.51 per week.
It is estimated the first residents will be able to move into the new apartments in spring 2022.
Durham County Council and Housing 21 have agreed to work together on nominating tenants for Poppy Dene, with the council commissioning care on site for individuals with eligible needs.
Cllr Paul Sexton, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “We are pleased to be working with Housing 21 on the development of Poppy Dene, particularly as this is the first such partnership in the extra care market for a number of years for us.
“We know that good quality care at home which supports independent living will become increasingly important in the coming years as our older population increases, and this development is part of our needs-led approach to future care accommodation in County Durham.”
Over the coming weeks recruitment opportunities will be available for Extra Care employees at Poppy Dene with full details on the Housing 21 website.
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