First Glimpse of Retirement Village

By on 28/07/2009 in News, Video News

Eighty-three year old grandmother of three, Charlotte Geyer from New Oscott, was the guest of honour as Birmingham's new £37m retirement village moved a step closer to completion.

She joined Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines and Elaine Elkington, Strategic director of Housing and Constituencies alongside local residents to cut the ribbon and tour the completed show properties at the village which opens next spring. 

The one and two-bedroomed apartments on show are typical of the 260 Village properties which will be available to 350 local older people as a result of a partnership between Birmingham City Council, Midland Heart, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and The Homes and Community Agency. 

Larger and better appointed than most traditional residential or nursing home facilities, the New Oscott properties demonstrate a progressive approach to older peoples' housing and are representative of a new style of accommodation that will appear in four more City Villages, proposed by The City Council and ExtraCare.

With 164 purchase options available (priced from £72,250 for a 50% part-purchase one-bedroom apartment), 96 rent-only properties, and access to specialist benefits advice to support housing and care costs, the homes offer villagers an affordable, high-quality housing route, much sought amongst local elderly people who may be isolated, need personal support and only have a minimum state pension.

Ahead of proposals in this week's Government Green Paper that seek to end the sale of older peoples' property to pay for their residential care, Village purchasers can already expect to live in their New Oscott home for life (with up to 24-hour care support on hand) without having to relinquish the capital in their home to pay for care.

Additionally, properties will surround a Village Centre which offers 18 health and leisure facilities including a gym, restaurant, craft centre, greenhouse and IT suite.  Linked to the wider community through visiting families, affordable club membership and volunteers, the Centre will also be home to ExtraCare's well-being and dementia support programmes which have both received national awards during 2009.

Councillor Lines said:  “This is a wonderful day for Birmingham’s older people. I’m delighted they will now be given the chance to remain as active and independent as possible, regardless of age or mobility. By providing a home for life, residents will not need to move to residential or nursing care provision, instead adapting their care package to meet any change in circumstances.  The village will also create significant employment opportunities for local people.”
John Payne, Partnership Director for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, added:  “As the Government puts forward future proposals for care funding and delivery, we believe the New Oscott Village model is ahead of its time, offering quality, affordable accommodation and a rewarding lifestyle for the City's elderly population, especially for those who are most in need.”

Birmingham residents over the age of 55 wishing to apply for a Village property should phone: 0121 377 2820

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