A facility which allows older people with care and support needs to live independently has been officially opened.
The Bentley Grange extra care scheme, in Hailsham, boasts 45 apartments and state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant, lounges, hairdressing salon and therapy room, and professional care and support to residents.
The £10 million scheme is a partnership between East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Saxon Weald, which owns and manages the complex.
The development, in Battle Road, was declared open by Wealden MP Nus Ghani in a ceremony on February 26.
Cllr Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a high quality development up and running, providing a modern, safe, welcoming environment for older people.
“The benefit of a scheme like this is that it allows people with care needs, including couples, to live independently, but with the security of knowing that care and support is close at hand if they need it.”
David Standfast, Saxon Weald chief executive, said: “Bentley Grange is our 10th extra care scheme and we’ve used our experience to great effect, creating an attractive and welcoming scheme.
“The facilities and the thoughtful design of the apartments mean some people find that their care needs actually decrease after they move in, while for many the biggest bonus is the sense of belonging to a community, which tackles the very serious problem of social isolation and loneliness.”
The development includes 35 apartments available at an affordable rent to local people with care needs eligible for housing support through the district council, and ten available to buy on a shared ownership basis.
Cllr Barby Dashwood-Morris, chairman of Wealden District Council, said: “This stunning extra care scheme, so close to the town centre, is a welcome addition to the housing provision for the people of Hailsham and the south of the district. With our population living longer, we need more affordable schemes like Bentley Grange which help residents remain independent and part of the community while meeting their increased needs.”
Bentley Grange is adjoined by Burfield Court, a supported housing scheme for people with learning disabilities, which was developed as part of the overall building contract.
More details are available at www.saxonweald.com.
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