Caroline Square celebrates official opening

caroline_square_extra_care_scheme_opening_event.JPGThe opening of Housing & Care 21’s latest Extra Care Sheltered Housing scheme in Portsmouth has been marked in a special event.

Caroline Square, which is situated in King William Street, was built on the site of the former Caroline Lodge residential care home. Among those celebrating the opening was Caroline Posnansky, after whom the original Caroline Lodge was named. Caroline is the daughter of Harry Sotnick, who in 1963 became the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

The £4.4 million development, which was built in a partnership between Portsmouth City Council, Housing & Care 21, the Homes and Communities Agency and Leadbitter, a Bouygues UK company, provides 43 one and two bedroom apartments for affordable rent. As an extra care scheme it means that residents are able to live in their own apartment and remain independent for as long as possible, with 24 hour support tailored to individual need.

Resident Sue King, who accepted a special celebratory plaque from
Caroline Posnansky said: “I really love it here. I lived on my own in the community before but moved because my old flat got flooded. My new apartment is lovely and spacious and I can’t fault the staff; nothing is too much for them.”

Apartments at Caroline Square have a secure door entry system with intercom and a call system linking them to the housing team leader, on-site care staff and an emergency response agency. The development also provides a communal lounge, dining room, Salon 21 hairdressing salon, assisted bathroom and laundry room.

Steve Churcher and Jackie Vatcher are the owners of Salon 21. Commenting on the business opportunity Steve said: “Opening up in Caroline Square has enabled us to expand our business and we’re very busy, with new customers from the local community as well as the residents. As we operate a hairdressing training scheme, we’ve also been able to take on a local apprentice. It’s a really vibrant place and we’re very happy with how things are going.”

Tony Tench, Chief Operations Officer for Housing & Care 21 added: “Extra care living is very different to residential care. Caroline Square allows residents to enjoy their privacy and independence in well appointed self-contained apartments but they have the peace of mind in knowing that help is on hand should they need it.”

Robert Watt, Head of Adult Social Care for Portsmouth City Council said: "I am delighted that extra care developments in our city such as Caroline Square meet both the housing and care needs for our residents. More of us are living longer with long term health conditions and it's important that the environment in which people live allows them to  continue living as independently as possible for as long as possible. These modern facilitates offer a great quality of life. They feel homely, safe, and prevent social isolation that can be so damaging."

Housing & Care 21 also operates two other extra care housing schemes in Portsmouth, Brunel Court in Fratton and Milton Village in Southsea. Another new scheme, Maritime House, is currently under development at Hilsea.