The Coopers enjoy their golden years with luxury and valuable support01 November 2017
The Coopers, who were foster carers for 34 years, were originally renting privately, but were given notice when the owner decided to sell.
Having experienced some health issues, they were fast-tracked to a property at the scheme by Spelthorne Council. The on-site care service has provided essential assistance and support to the Coopers, while allowing them to maintain their independence.
Extra Care SchemeChestnut Court is an Extra Care Scheme, an increasingly popular model of housing with care, providing 44 self-contained homes for residents aged 55 or over.
The development features a restaurant, hair salon, IT suite, treatment room, buggy store and hydrotherapy room. It offers different levels of personal support to residents, depending on individually assessed needs. There is a 24-hour staff presence onsite, and residents also receive housing-related support from a Scheme Support Officer.
“This place turned us around and we couldn’t be happier. The carers are all amazing in what they do, and not just in their work but their attitude. The management runs a tight ship, the whole place is kept immaculate and we have no complaints at all.”
Bill comments on the support he receives at Chestnut Court
Daily SupportBill admits that the additional care and support they receive has also been life-changing. He adds; “We get help with any heavy housework. It’s nicely scheduled as they come in at 7.45am each day and help with bed-making, taking out the rubbish and the laundry. They even help me put my socks on as I can no longer reach my feet. After being foster parents for so many years, it is nice that we are now being looked after so well.”
The variety of activities on offer have also boosted their social life. Bill attends a weekly Tuesday night book club in the communal lounge, and both he and Eileen look forward to the regular cinema nights.
Chestnut Court is part of the wider £50million Stanwell New Start, a partnership between A2Dominion and Spelthorne Borough Council. The regeneration has provided over 300 new homes, with just under half of these being affordable housing.