Providing a little 'extra care'
A NEW £11 million housing scheme for older people in Birmingham has begun to welcome its first residents. Saxon Court, in Turves Green, is Housing 21’s second extra care scheme to open in the city and in a special celebration on Tuesday 17th May the first residents were presented with the keys to their new homes by Cllr John Lines.
The first residents to move into Saxon Court were Vera Moore and Edith Hunter, who not only moved in on the same day but at the very same time. Commenting on her new home Vera Moore said: “It took me a couple of weeks to settle in but I was given a lot of support from the staff and court manager. Since moving in I have gained more independence and I am able to do more things for myself.
“I am even able to make a drink for myself which I hadn’t been able to do since my fall. I am making new friends everyday.”
Edith Hunter added:
“Saxon Court is the place to be if you want to feel you’re cared for because that’s how I feel. At Saxon Court it’s simple, it’s safe and it’s secure. That’s what counts.”
On 17th May the first residents were presented with their keys and a bouquet of flowers. Cllr Lines and representatives from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency, who have invested £5.1m into Saxon Court, were also invited to take a look around the new homes and chat to the residents over refreshments.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Lines, said:
“Saxon Court is testimony to successful partnership working, creating greater housing choice for our older people. It’s an opportunity for older people to live independently in a safe and friendly environment.”
Saxon Court provides 87 apartments and 8 bungalows, all with two bedrooms and includes options for rent and for purchase either outright or on a shared ownership basis. The new development supports older people with a range of needs via a 24 hour care and support team and also provides community facilities including a hairdressing salon and restaurant.
The scheme was built in partnership with Birmingham City Council, who donated the land to facilitate the development, and the Homes and Communities Agency in the West Midlands who provided £5.1 million of investment.
Photo Caption: Cllr John Lines with Vera Moore and Edith Hunter
- For further information, please contact Wendy Gornicki, PR & Information Officer, Housing 21 on 0370 192 4338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 126,000 hours of community care each week and manages 17,800 sheltered and extra care apartments.
To be eligible to apply for a home at Saxon Court, applicants must:
- be aged 55 and over
- need support to help them live independently or have a personal care need
- need to live in Birmingham or have a strong local connection.
Each home is designed for wheelchair access and will have its own sitting room, fully fitted kitchen and walk-in shower.
If you would like to apply for a rented property on this scheme or Westhall Court in Sheldon contact Housing 21’s Marketing and Lettings team on 0345 606 6363 or e-mail: email@example.com
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If you would like to buy a property either by shared ownership or outright sale contact Housing 21’s sales team on 0345 608 4021 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing 21 works closely with Birmingham City Council on allocations which are made according to applicants’ circumstances and care needs. General advice is available from Birmingham City Council who offer help and assistance to people wishing to apply for schemes like these. Please call Housing Pathways on 0121 675 2675.