In 2011 the brand new purpose-built “Trees” was opened: 40 one- or two-bedroom balconied apartments complete with walk-in shower rooms and fully fitted kitchens. There are landscaped gardens, with mature trees and a striking water centrepiece featuring a specially commissioned sculpture. Large windows bring the outdoors in, and works of art have been commissioned to add interest and colour.
But Trees isn’t just about a lovely building; it provides personalised and bespoke 24/7 services to its tenants, allowing them the opportunity to live in a home for life, and affording them their independence. As well as the core care and support service, additional care hours can be purchased to cater for the tenant’s own particular needs. Social activities such as arts & crafts, afternoon tea, quizzes, communal meals, discussions and more are organised weekly, and there are a hairdresser, a laundry and internet-connected computer terminals all on site.
As an extra-care supported housing scheme, all tenants must be over 65 and have a need for a basic level of care (at least seven hours per week) as well as some support in day-to-day living; tenants can thereafter be provided with as much or as little additional support and care as they personally require.