New Extra Care Scheme for Over 55s Open for Business in Wateringbury
After a challenging year on site due to the ongoing pandemic, Meadow View Court, Rapport Housing & Care’s new extra care housing scheme in The Orpines, has opened for business. Meadow View Court, which will provide independent living support for over 55s, has welcomed its first residents to their new homes over the weekend, following just over 18 months of construction.
Residents of the scheme will be able to make use of a range of on site communal facilities, from a hair salon and restaurant to an activity room and garden. Rapport Housing & Care’s domiciliary care team, Caring Companions, will be on site daily to provide personalised care packages, supporting the residents to live independently. A member of the housing team will be also be on site 24/7, giving residents peace of mind, should an emergency arise.
The scheme, which sits in a beautiful rural yet accessible location with views overlooking the surrounding greenery, was constructed by local contractors, Jenner, and is the third to open in just over two years for not for profit housing and care provider, Rapport Housing & Care. Responding to the changing needs of those in later life, the local charity is committed to developing more mixed tenure extra care housing schemes, with a particular focus on rural areas, where there is currently little provision for older people, who may need support but wish to remain living in their home towns.
Leon Steer, Chief Executive of Rapport Housing & Care said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our new residents to Meadow View Court after what has been a difficult year for us all. In the past two and a half years, we have opened three extra care housing schemes, providing a total of 184 apartments for over 55s in need of support, 85% of those were available as affordable homes either to rent via the local authority or buy through shared ownership.
“In line with our charitable values on which we were founded over 50 years ago, we are committed to providing appropriate and affordable housing for older people from all walks of life and I know this scheme will have such a positive impact on so many of the people who come to live here.”
Carol Bishop, who will be the scheme’s housing officer, added: “I’m so excited to meet the residents and get things up and running at Meadow View Court. Whilst things will sadly be different for a while, I’m sure that once everyone settles in and Covid-19 is no longer an issue, we will see a community develop and friendships grow, as we have in all our other extra care housing schemes.”