EXCLUSIVE: One Housing takes care to new heights

Bankhouse offers panoramic views of the ThamesBankhouse offers panoramic views of the Thames

One Housing is taking in-house care to new heights at its newly opened Bankhouse affordable retirement development in Vauxhall, South London.

The 14-storey, 84-bed retirement development overlooking the Thames provides residential and care services for elderly shared ownership and social housing clients.

Group Director of Housing Care and Support at One Housing, Kevin Beirne, said: “Two million people over 50 live in London and want to stay near the communities they helped to build so there is huge potential demand for these apartments.

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“This is an active generation who want to keep their independence but will also need some support as they get older. With the pressure on the NHS from an older population, it’s vital that the housing and care sectors show our national political leaders what good looks like. Now they will be able to look out of their windows in Parliament and see it.”

Bankhouse is the flagship in a new generation of senior living accommodation offered by One Housing elderly care brand Season (see table).

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Each apartment features good accessibility, natural light and wet room showers. To help reduce isolation, residents are encouraged to socialise in the communal areas which include a soon-to-be-opened ‘floating garden’, lounge and dining area with kitchen facilities.

Rooms come with spectacular panoramic views of the Thames skyline, including the Shard and the Gherkin.

All residents have access to care from One Housing’s award-winning Season senior living team.

The team offers tailored care with the aim of helping everyone at Bankhouse enjoy as much independence as possible.

A £50 a week core service includes 24/7 care support, medication collection and ordering, weekly social activities, registration with local health services and health and safety checks.

A menu service of optional personal care services is also on offer for just under £20 an hour, including support with getting up and dressing, washing, help with bathing, toileting and continence management, hair care, preparing light meals and help with getting around.

Daily evening meals provided by apetito are available in the development’s communal dining area for an extra £26 per week.

Sixty-six year old Christine Kelly, one of the first social housing residents to be moved into the development, said: “It’s wonderful here, I finally have a safe home with the support I need and the staff here are fantastic.”

Bankhouse also offers the latest in technological innovation, including access to Sky wifi services.

The CM2000 digital care monitoring and management system is being rolled out at the home through a partnership with Lambeth Council.

Bankhouse was built in partnership with Berkeley St James property group as part of the Corniche luxury development, which stands opposite the Houses of Parliament.

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