Village is designed to meet a broad spectrum of needs

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has opened Hartrigg Oaks near York, the UK’s first continuing care retirement community. Hartrigg Oaks has been designed to meet all the housing and care needs of older people in one location. It is a move away from the traditional residential care home and the model has been popular in the USA and continental Europe for many years. The complex, which cost £18 million to build, consists of 152 one and two-bedroom bungalows. The site includes a care centre, The Oaks, with 41 en-suite bed-sitting rooms, each with its own front door, to which residents may transfer when they begin to require more than 21 hours of care per week. Communal facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, library, crafts room, music room and spa pool/jacuzzi. Support in the bungalows can include cleaning of the bungalow, personal laundry, shopping, delivery of one meal a day, gardening, transport assistance and personal care services including chiropody, aromatherapy, meal preparation, dressing/undres

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