Innovative partnership improves elderly quality of life

An innovative partnership in Tendring, North East Essex has helped improve the quality of life of elderly people.

Not-for-profit care home provider One Housing and social housing developer Ashley House have provided 130 new self-contained independent living homes at Rosebank Park and Beaumont House in partnership with Essex County Council (ECC) and Tendring District Council (TDC).  The scheme is part of One Housing’s Season-brand retirement housing service.

Kevin Beirne, Group Director of Housing Care and Support at One Housing, said: “In Essex we have worked closely with the local authority to meet a clear need for homes that help people enjoy their independence in their later years with our professional care on site.

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“Both Rosebank Park and Beaumont House are great examples of Season schemes that give older people a great lifestyle, reduce isolation and allow people to live independently for longer. With so much debate about social care around the election, the housing and care sectors need to take the lead and show what good care looks like, and these schemes do just that.”

Rosebank Park, in Harwich, and Beaumont House, in Walton, enable people aged 55 or over with a care need to continue to live in a home of their own independently, with the benefit of 24 hour emergency support on-site.

Tony Walters, Chief Executive, Ashley House, added: “Ashley House is delighted to work in partnership with ECC, TDC and One Housing to deliver these important new apartments for some of the most vulnerable people in the area.

“These schemes demonstrate how the public and private sectors can work effectively together to provide solutions for both the UK’s housing crisis and the challenges surrounding our ageing population. We wish the residents a long and healthy life in their new homes.”

A video filmed at Rosebank Park this summer has captured, for the first time, how the lives of many vulnerable older people have been transformed.

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