Points mean prizes for retirement living schemes
Votes from customers, visitors, volunteers and onsite staff have earned two Midland Heart retirement living schemes top rankings in the Elderly Accommodation Counsel’s Housing for Older People Awards 2019.
Terryspring Court at Redditch and Shrimpton Court at Ruddington are among 300 prize winners out of almost 25,000 housing schemes and developments across nine English regions, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Terryspring Court, pictured left, provides 58 one-bedroom flats with extra care services and took silver in the West Midlands ‘housing with care, 56 units and above’ category. Shrimpton Court, which has 34 two-bedroom bungalows, picked up bronze in the East Midlands ‘retirement housing 31-36 units’ category.
Rebekah Newton, Director of Retirement and Supported Living, said: “We are thrilled that two of our developments have been recognised in these nationwide awards. There can be no better endorsement of excellence than nominations from those who live there and use the amenities and services, as well as from their families and friends.”
John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive, explained the importance of the awards: "Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”
The EAC awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who voted for their favourite schemes, developments, courts and estates out of the 1,220 nominated.
A record 18,990 votes were received for those nominated nationwide. In the West Midlands, almost 1,700 votes were cast for 36 housing providers and in the East Midlands 1,530 were received for 23 providers.
Built in 2000, Terryspring Court in West Avenue was praised by voters for its links with the wider community, the quality of meals, the garden and staff interaction, while resident consultation, privacy, safety and security and the quality of the building, facilities and garden came out top at Shrimpton Court, Elms Park.
A resident at Shrimpton Court, shown below, said in their nomination: “A good community spirit and excellent social activities; a really pleasant place to live.”
A visitor to Terryspring Court said in their nomination: “Every time I visit my relative I'm impressed by how well the residents are treated and looked after by the staff; by the appearance and good maintenance of the building and the facilities. It would serve well as a model of its type!” and a member of staff said: ”Fantastic, loyal staff team. Attention to detail in providing personal-centred care. Lovely environment for older adults to live with a variety of activities.”
The regional gold winners now go forward to the National Housing for Older People Awards to be announced in London on May 21.