The decision to turn to assisted living, a care home, or independent retirement facilities is no longer fraught with worry or guilt, with so many different, high-quality options available. But whether a care home or a two-bedroom flat within a retirement village, it’s certainly still not an easy decision. To help you choose, here’s our pick of some of the best options in Yorkshire.
In an enviable position in the picturesque village of Pickering in North Yorkshire, Mickle Hill offers a new approach to retirement living.
Buying a new home in a retirement village offers many benefits for retirees, especially when it comes to combatting loneliness, a problem which many elderly people in the UK face. ‘Our village has lots of on-site activities which boost residents’ social lives and allow them to be a part of a community of like-minded people,’ explains Angela McKimmie, Sales and Marketing Director at Rangeford Holdings, which developed Mickle Hill. Residents have a wide choice of amenities, including a café, cinema, gym, and lounge, so they can continue to socialise, maintain their health, and enjoy their retirement while the maintenance aspects are all taken care of by staff.
Obviously health and wellbeing are a huge part of growing older, and an issue that worries many people who live alone. Moving to a retirement village can ease those worries, as they often have professional care at hand. ‘Mickle Hill has teamed up with the MHA charity, which provides a wellbeing service and offers our residents tailor-made care packages,’ says Angela. ‘Support is also available to those who might need extra help with household chores such as cooking, cleaning and shopping, and MHA’s friendly team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’ Physical health is closely monitored, but so is emotional wellbeing to make sure residents can remain independent for as long as possible and reduce the risk of social isolation.
In cases where round-the-clock care permanently or temporarily is an essential, you need peace of mind knowing that your family member is receiving the best care possible.
Elizabeth Finn Homes provide the necessary personalised care at Hampden House in Harrogate, a purpose-built care home which offers its guests the utmost comfort and quality. With 65 rooms, nursing and personal care available, it’s a great option for long-term or short-term care, as well as end-of-life care.
Each individual is assessed and fees are agreed based on their needs, from post-operative care to specific nursing support for chronic and terminal illnesses. Short stays are available if provisional care is needed while a carer is away or more specialised care is needed after surgery, but all guests receive the same standards of service afforded to their long-term residents.
In the past, often the only way older people could gain access to assistance was by selling the family home and using the equity to pay for care home accommodation, but these days retirement apartments provide the best of both worlds, allowing individuals to enjoy freedom from the burden of running a house, but maintain companionship and independence. Instead of paying a set weekly fee in a care home where you may not want or need every service it covers, a retirement apartment means you can live independently, paying only for the services you require, while having peace of mind knowing that support is there if necessary.
Westward Care’s Southlands development offers luxury apartments which allow residents to enjoy the independence of living in their own home, with the option of round-the-clock care should they need it. But living on their own doesn’t mean being lonely – they have their own space and can get involved in social activities, and still benefit from the development’s communal spaces including the elegant dining room and spacious lounge. There’s also an in-house hairdresser’s, bar and tea room, to continue enjoying the little things in life. Services such as meals (prepared every day by a highly qualified chef and tailored to specialist nutrition needs), laundry, and of course care and support are available as needed, which provides flexibility around individual needs and substantially reduces the fees normally associated with care homes.
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With several luxurious homes across Yorkshire, Hadrian offers luxurious living for those seeking the best care and support. Hadrian’s pride themselves on providing a home-from-home experience, whether their residents are there for the long-term or a shorter stay. Their latest development in Harrogate is set to open in December and combines five-star accommodation with specialist residential, dementia and respite care for its residents.
As well as immaculately furnished suites, each property has beautifully landscaped gardens, a bar, restaurant, health and beauty clinic, and a wellness lodge with hydrotherapy pool. And the exceptional standard of living is extended to the standard of care, with quality staff on hand at all times should the resident need assistance. Hadrian also offer the Chesters Suite, which is specifically for residents suffering with dementia – specially trained nurses are equipped to manage the unique needs of residents with varying stages of dementia, in a safe and stimulating environment. Whatever their level of care, residents settle in quickly to their comfortable yet luxurious surroundings, finding companionship and enjoying new levels of independence.
Hadrian also boasts strong links with local communities, encouraging residents to continue stimulating and sociable lives, providing activities and events to cater for all interests.