As the Government develops plans for Phase 2 of its £300 million fund to improve housing options for older people, Eastleigh’s MP, Mike Thornton, visited McCarthy & Stone’s ‘Assisted Living’ development, Catherine Court, to see how specialist housing can help older people lead happier, healthier and longer lives.
As well as being given a tour of the scheme by members of staff, Mike Thornton took time to speak to residents about what it’s like to live in the scheme.
Mike Thornton MP said:
“It was pleasure to be welcomed to Catherine Court by the residents. They were clearly very proud of where they live and I was impressed by the friendly communal atmosphere. It is important that we provide older people with housing which meets their needs, keeping them independent and active in our local community. Well-designed Extra-Care Housing – such as Catherine Court- is a great way of doing this.”
Beverley Chase, Director of YourLife Management Services, who provide the management services at Catherine Court, said:
“We were pleased to show Mr Thornton how our schemes can really help transform the lives of our residents. It is about more than just care, it is about supporting them to lead happier, healthier and longer lives. Our residents enjoy their independence safe in the knowledge that support if never far away and for many it is a direct alternative to entering residential care.”
Catherine Court consists of 56 one and two bedroom apartments, specifically designed for the needs of frail older residents, along with a range of communal facilities and flexible care available 24 hours a day.