Start-up business Evermore is preparing to launch its first retirement development.
The first Evermore community will be created, subject to planning permission, in Wigan’s town centre.
Sara McKee (pictured), founder and director of innovation, told Care Home Professional: “It’s been a long journey to bring the small household model to the UK but we are getting ready to build. It will consist of a four-storey apartment block with two-storey dementia specialist households alongside it. “
The development will provide accommodation for approximately people and recruit around 70 people from the local area.
Each floor will consist of a small household, providing a home for around 10 like-minded people, each with their own one-bed, self-contained apartment but with communal living areas where they can share their life.
Altrincham-based Evermore’s small household model is based on The Green House Project in the US founded by Dr Bill Thomas.
Sara hopes the approach will revolutionise retirement living in the UK.
“The small household model is tried and tested,” Sara told us.
“It is delivering positive results for older people, their families, operators and the entire health and social care system. It’s worked in the US, Scandinavia and Australia. It can work here too.”