The doors have opened on a new £9.5m purpose-built housing development in Emersons Green, designed specifically for people over the age of 55 with a current or future care need.
Edward Jenner Court will offer independent living with access to on-site care for people over the age of 55, with 50 two bedroom apartments available for social rent and shared ownership.
The scheme has been delivered by Housing 21, the country’s leading provider of Extra Care and Retirement Living 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.
Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted to finally open the doors to Edward Jenner 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.”
Image caption: Fiona Clarke, Extra Care Manager at Housing 21; Peter Sherrard-Smith, Senior Enabling Officer, South Gloucestershire Council; Peter Heffernan, Senior Enabling Officer, South Gloucestershire Council; Kelly Hemmings, Housing Manager at Housing 21; George Yeoman, Assistant Housing Manager at Housing 21.
There are 20 apartments available for purchase through a shared ownership scheme, with share options ranging from 25 percent to 75 percent. The remaining 30 apartments are available for social rent, from £135.93 per week. Housing Benefit is accepted, subject to eligibility.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing Cllr Ben Stokes said: “I’m delighted to see Edward Jenner Court in Emersons Green open to its first residents.
“The council has been working closely with key partners such as Housing 21 and the Lyde Green Community Association to deliver this scheme, and we also provided key funding totalling £250,000.
“Extra Care housing such as this enables people over the age of 55 to live independently with access to on-site communal facilities and care assistance if needed. Enjoying the privacy of your own apartment whilst knowing that 24 hour on-site care team is available provides peace of mind for its residents, and for their families.”
Marc Thompson, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships West, said:
“Building the right kind of housing for older people is absolutely crucial if we’re going to properly combat the housing crisis. Extra Care developments like Edward Jenner Court allow older people to live in a high-quality home that supports independent lifestyles, with additional care services available if they’re needed. It’s another project that we’ve delivered in partnership with Housing 21 and we’re delighted that it’s now complete and ready for new residents to move into.”
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.
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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