Handyside court celebrates opening

Residents, staff and friends of Derby's first purpose-built extra care scheme for older people celebrated in style at the scheme's official opening last week.

The new scheme was opened by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Sean Marshall. Vivienne, a resident at the scheme, accepted the plaque on behalf of those who live in Handyside Court.

Handyside Court, in Rowena Close, Alvaston opened to residents in August and provides 38 self-contained apartments for older people.

Facilities include a restaurant which is open every day of the year, a hairdressers, activity room and conservatory. A shop is due to open soon and the facilities will be open to the wider public as well as to residents.

The £5.5m development is the result of a partnership between Housing 21, Derby City Council and the Department of Health.

Melinda Phillips, Chief Executive for Housing 21 said: "It is always delightful to see what a difference extra care schemes can make, not only to the lives of the people who reside in them but also to the local community who have access to the many facilities on site. Handyside Court is a good example of how older people can live independently in a safe and comfortable environment."

The scheme is managed by Housing 21, with the care services on site being provided by Carewatch Derbyshire. Handyside Court was funded with the support of the Department of Health when Derby was awarded £3.8m towards the costs in 2007.