Tenants praise new extra care in Mossley

Mattesley Court, the first of five new extra care housing schemes in Walsall, was officially opened during a special celebration earlier this month.

Built as part of a partnership between Walsall Council, Housing 21 and Willmott Dixon, the scheme allows residents aged 55 or over to enjoy independent living along with access to 24-hour care. They also have the option to rent or part own one of 59 one and two-bedroom apartments

The scheme, which boasts communal facilities including a restaurant, hairdressing salon, day centre and well-being suite, gets a big thumbs-up from its residents who moved in to Mattesley Court in September.

Edith Owen, aged 89, is the daughter of former Walsall Mayor and Alderman Albert Fletcher. Mrs Owen explained that when her father, mother and husband all died she started to experience feelings of depression and loneliness.

"I was withdrawing into myself and this really wasn't good for my health," she said. "Since I've moved into Mattesley Court I've got a new lease of life. I would say to anyone who has their doubts about such a place to come and have a look. It's a million miles away from the idea of moving into a home."

A second extra care housing scheme, Alrewych Court in Northgate, is also now complete and other schemes under development in the Delves, Short Heath and Brownhills areas are due for completion later this year (2010). The £165m re-provision project also includes Rushall Mews Rehabilitation Centre which opened last year and a new residential care home for people with dementia.