is now possible for elderly couples to buy a home that allows
them to retain privacy and their independence, which also
provides access to care.
are usually in a purpose built estate of individual homes
for retired persons, usually detached, semi-detached or terraced
bungalows, although there may also be some detached houses
particularly on the more expensive estates.
properties will almost always be for purchase as a leasehold
as opposed to rental and will provide some form communal facilities
like a club house and probably a guest room where visiting
relatives can stay overnight.
guest room is particularly important with smaller properties
where bedroom space is limited. These properties may have
a patio or a small garden but the area between each property
will be communal garden and will be maintained for them. There
will be some form of warden and service staff for cleaning
and perhaps also some staff for providing meals and perhaps
estates are most likely to have been built by one of the several
large building firms who have become specialists in this type
of retirement development. These firms also provide similar
facilities in apartments. Some elderly people, particularly
if they no longer drive a car, prefer to live in a town and
be part of a larger community, in which case they will buy
a flat whilst others will prefer something out of town and
will buy a bungalow.
builder of the estate or block of flats may employ a firm
of managers to look after the day-to-day management of the
estate. However the larger firms of builders who have specialised
in this type of development have also become specialised in
their management and have set up sections of their organisations
to handlethe management side.
close care solution
are a small but growing number of sites offering a a full
in your own home care service. These facilities are known
as close care communities and one of their objectives is to
avoid having eventually to go into a nursing home, although
there are conditions where the nursing they require is best
provided for or can only be provided for in a nursing home.
They are sometimes described as developments providing continuing
developments have to operate under a licence from the local
health authority in order to comply with the required standards
or service and care.
to medical services and trained staff
estates or those which are apartments will have care staff
trained up to NVQ 2 or NVQ3 level available to provide an
agreed package of care to the extent required by each individual
resident and for as many or as little hours a day or night
as is necessary.
nurse/manager would be responsible for the overall care facility
and for the day to day running of the organisation and would
do this in conjunction with each residents own GP. As a rough
guide about 5 hours care per day together with the cost of
meals plus the cost of the service charge would be about equal
to the cost of a residential nursing home. A care level above
that is still available if that is what the resident requires.
In a few cases where it is necessary to provide 24 hour care
up to NVQ4 level then this could be made available by agreement
with the manager.
with these facilities are few and far between and do not come
on to the market often and in additionally the managers may
have requirement criteria for the prospective resident in
terms of minimum care level requirements.
who need some care may be well placed to buy these properties
and secure their future accommodation in the knowledge that
they have obtained a home that will cater for virtually every
situation that may develop, as they grow older.