Tiverton's elderly housing project meets changing needs

03/03/2015

Several charities including Abbeyfield are joining forces to transform a disused Tiverton building into much needed specialist housing for the older people of mid Devon.

The project is being driven by Abbeyfield with support from the Tiverton Almshouse Trust, which is offering its Old Road site to create a £10m extra care scheme specifically designed to meet the needs of older people.

Plans to create 45 mixed tenure flats at Alexandra Lodge, Tiverton, are due to be submitted and residents of the new one and two bedroom flats will be able to live fully independent lives at the Old Road site but also have access to 24 hour care and support if they need it.

The Tiverton Almshouse Trust may retain an interest in the project by purchasing some of the new flats to lease to its existing residents who may find themselves in need of extra care.

The people living at Alexandra Lodge will enjoy quality communal spaces including a dining room, various lounges and a wellbeing suite. Abbeyfield is actively exploring the possibility of renovating the gardens according to original plans. Our spiritual advisor, Canon Edward Pogmore, is expected to have a hand in developing the communal and garden spaces to provide contemplative areas for residents and staff.

The project also has the support of the Abbeyfield Tiverton Society, which has provided award winning sheltered accommodation for 10 older people in St Paul’s Square Tiverton for nearly 40 years.

“Quite rightly older people today have higher expectations, they want their own space”, said Teresa Parker, Director of Abbeyfield’s West Division. “They don’t want to have to move endlessly and most of all, they want their independence but access to care when they need it.  That’s what our charity has set out deliver here at Tiverton.”

Elizabeth Fathi, Chief Executive of the Tiverton Almshouse Trust, which is providing the site for the project commented, “This project really will be fantastic for the older people of this area and meets a very definite need. Older people will be able to live independently but as part of a vibrant community where they can receive specialist personal care from familiar staff as and when they need it. Providing housing for life means most residents will not need to move again.”

Commenting on the plans, David Halestrap, Chairman of the Abbeyfield Tiverton Society said, “As a part of a dedicated group of volunteers and staff who have offered sheltered housing to older people in Tiverton for nearly 40 years, we are excited that Abbeyfield nationally has decided to make this investment in our town. This project is great news for our existing residents who, if ever they need greater levels of care, will be able to move with confidence to another Abbeyfield in the town.  Whilst we will retain our independence, we look forward to working alongside other members of the Abbeyfield family.”

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