READING COUNCIL is hosting an Extra Care Information Day on Monday 20th August.
Extra care schemes are designed to provide a real alternative to residential care for older people. They are available for people who are aged 55 and over.
The event is an opportunity for members of the public to find out more about two new extra care schemes opening in Reading.
The event is taking place in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, with two extra care information sessions available between 10 – 11.30am and 1-2.30pm.
There are currently two new developments opening in Reading at Huntley Place in Greenpark, south Reading in late 2018 and Beechwood Grove in Caversham in early 2019.
Huntley Place, a development of 129 apartments, will offer 1 and 2 bed flats available for leasehold, shared ownership and social rent, whilst Beechwood Grove, a development of 43 apartments, offers 1 and 2 bed flats available for leasehold and social rent.
The event will be attended by representatives from the Council’s housing team and care providers, who will be available to answer any questions about the schemes and services on offer.
The new social rented homes are part of the Council’s new council homes building programme.
Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Tony Jones, said: “If you, or your partner, are aged 55 or over and you are thinking about options for the future, I would recommend you drop by one of the information sessions on 20th August to find out more.
“The way we grow older is changing. People tell us they want to continue to live independently for as long as possible. Although many people who move into extra care have an existing care need, a third of the flats are available to those who are planning for an independent future, knowing that support is available hopefully preventing the need for future moves.
“These extra care developments offer people the best of both worlds – living in the local community, with help and support on site and at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, as a real alternative option to a care home placement.”
Reading’s Lead Member for Housing, Cllr John Ennis, said: “These developments will offer purpose-built individual homes for older people who want to continue to live active lives but with increased support and care on hand when they need it.
“I am delighted that the Council has secured a number of these homes for social rent. There is a desperate shortage of properly affordable rental homes in Reading as everyone knows. Every one of those homes will make a big difference to the people that occupy them.”
Both extra care developments offer attractive accommodation and the opportunity to become part of a real community. Each location offers several communal spaces, including landscaped grounds, all thoughtfully designed to allow for a wide range of activities and occasions for residents and the local community.
Blue Badge Parking is available on a first come, first served basis for visitors to the Council Offices.
About the Extra Care Developments
Beechwood Grove is being constructed in partnership with residential property group A2Dominion and contractors Feltham Construction, on the site of the former Arthur Clark Residential Home and Albert Road Day Care Centre in Caversham.
Huntley Place is being constructed in partnership with social landlord Home Group and contractors Berkeley Homes.