Bolton’s new extra-care housing scheme is officially open for business.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, launched Manor Gardens, in Harwood, by unveiling a commemorative plaque on Wednesday, December 23.
Manor Gardens is a new, purpose built extra-care housing scheme jointly provided by Bolton Council and Places for People.
The scheme has 36 two-bedroom apartments available for over 55s and offers a range of ownership and part ownership options.
Extra care housing provides independence and choice to adults with varying care needs and enables them to remain in their own home.
Services are tailored to individual residents’ needs and include 24-hour support, meals, domestic help, leisure and recreation facilities.
Features to assist with greater independence include devices to open, close and lock doors plus flood, fire and fall detectors.
Residents can cook for themselves in their own home or enjoy meals in the restaurant; take part in regular exercise classes or have their hair styled in the salon.
The care and facilities are designed specifically to meet the needs of all residents from the most to least able. Support is available to help with the simplest of tasks such as shopping and dressing to the higher levels of care.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “Our ageing population is constantly challenging us to find better ways of providing care. Manor Gardens showcases one of the best new schemes and is the first extra care housing of its type in the borough, as a joint project between the council and Places for People.
“Extra care offers a better choice of accommodation and care to help people live independently for longer. We will continue to listen to care users and partners as their views will help shape the future of social care in Bolton.”
Chris Kilbane, Director of Individual Support at Places For People said: "This is a fantastic and innovative scheme and reflects the commitment of the council to deliver partnerships between the public and private sector to offer real choices for older people. This scheme offers a unique service that addresses the housing and care needs of older people in Bolton.
"The homes will provide flexible accommodation that allows for peoples’ changing needs over time, and our care and support packages will also allow people moving into Manor Gardens to carry on living independent lives - with a little extra help, as and when they need it."