Yarnton celebrates new extra care facility

Erdington-house-official-opening.JPGNicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, was among those who celebrated the benefits of extra care living yesterday. Since Erdington House opened in Yarnton in October, the scheme has become a welcome community hub for the village as well as providing well appointed one and two bedroom apartments for rent or shared ownership.

Residents and staff were also joined by Councillors Judith Heathcoat and
Maurice Billington to mark the occasion, which included the presentation of a commemorative plaque by the MP.

The 50 apartment scheme has been built in a partnership between
Housing & Care 21, Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council,
Willmott Dixon and the Homes and Communities Agency. It also provides valuable community facilities including Marigold Café and Bistro and Simply Hair, as well as local employment opportunities.  

Emma Thompson, who lives nearby and runs Simply Hair, was delighted when the scheme opened. “I was really impressed when I visited Erdington House. I was struck by what a homely, welcoming feel it has.

“This is my first business venture and it has worked out really well. Everything was already there - all I had to do was provide the products. I have a good mix of customers, including residents and villagers and my previous customers. It’s such a lovely atmosphere that sometimes people just pop in for a cuppa and chat.”

Extra care housing provides a range of facilities and social activities that recognise the trend towards an independent and active ageing lifestyle. It is a popular form of housing because the 24 hour on-site care can be delivered flexibly according to a person’s changing needs.

Bernard Rear, aged 73, was one of the first to move into Erdington House wife his wife, Wendy.  Mr and Mrs Rear lived in an ex US Air Force bungalow in Upper Heyford before they moved to Yarnton.  “We’re well pleased we made the move to our cosy and secure apartment,” he said. ”We’d been looking for somewhere else to live for a long time and as soon as we viewed Erdington House we liked it.”

Bruce Moore, chief executive of Housing & Care 21 said: “Extra Care living allows people to enjoy their independence for longer and Erdington House is a fine example of how this can be achieved when the right support services and facilities are in place.”

Simon Leadbeater, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s housing business in the Midlands, added: “We are delighted to see Erdington House completed as it will really make a difference to the provision of high-quality retirement housing in Yarnton, allowing residents to live independently while also benefiting from 24/7 on site care when needed. It will also help support the area by keeping people together and bringing in new jobs and amenities.”