Maidstone residents celebrate extra care living

Residents at a housing scheme for older people in Maidstone have held a special event to celebrate extra care living. ‘Celebrating Thomas Place’ gave the residents and staff at Thomas Place, James Whatman Way, an opportunity to get together and contemplate on living at the scheme since it opened last year.

A commemorative plaque of the official opening date (20 March 2012) was presented to residents to mark the occasion and invited guests also shared a special cake and h’orderves, which were baked by The Pantry, the schemes’ own on-site restaurant.

Anne (Trixi) Martin, Service Team Manager for Housing 21 said: “This really is quite a unique extra care scheme and the residents have settled in well. This special event has given everyone the chance to get together and reflect on the benefits of extra care living.”

Built alongside the landmark Kent History and Library Centre, Thomas Place provides affordable one and two bedroom rented apartments for people aged 55 and over. Extra care living enables residents to live independently, but with care and support provision tailored to individual needs.

Emili Lowery, Development Programme Officer for Housing 21 said: "It was lovely to see the celebratory event was so well attended by the residents and to hear so many positive comments about how they are enjoying their new homes."

In addition to The Pantry, Thomas Place also has a hair and beauty salon called Hair Lounge Maidstone. The salon offers nail treatments with the option for gel overlay, eye brow definition, and hair removal. Both the restaurant and salon are open to the wider local community.

The development was built in a partnership between Housing 21, Kent County Council, Bouygues Development, Warings and West Kent Housing Association with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.