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Stonewater invests £2m in upgrading retirement living schemes

Two retirement living schemes have been upgraded as part of Stonewater’s multi-million-pound rolling programme to improve provision for customers aged 55 and over.

Situated in Halifax, Copley Mill House and Threadneedle Court each received investment of close to £1m for refurbishment work and are two of a number of retirement living schemes to benefit from the affordable housing provider’s five-year investment plan.

Residents who already live in the establishments were the first to be asked about what improvements they thought should be made. These include new, modern furnishings and contemporary artwork. In addition, communal areas have been given an uplift while landscaped gardens featuring wildflowers and seating areas have also been created.

Glenn Loftus, Strategic Partnership Manager at Stonewater, said: ‘The major investment in these two schemes is part of Stonewater’s ongoing commitment to upgrading our provision for customers aged over 55.

‘We understand the importance of mental health, particularly among older people, and the enhanced gardens and communal spaces have made a big difference to the lives of residents, helping to alleviate loneliness and encourage socialisation. The feedback we have received from customers has been extremely positive and we are looking forward to rolling the programme out to many more schemes in the coming years.’

Copley Mill House, which comprises a mix of 28 one, two and three-bedroom flats, and Threadneedle Court, which is home to 29 one-bedroom flats, both received new health hubs along with guest bedrooms for friends and relatives to stay in while visiting.

One customer at Copley Mill said: ‘Now we have more modern furniture, it’s much more pleasant to what it was before. We all feel looked after here too and our families don’t need to worry about us as they know we’re safe.’

Stonewater is continuing to invest in their retirement living homes and is in the process of drawing up detail designs for schemes in the Midlands, which is due to start on site in 2024.

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Emily Whitehouse
Writer and journalist for Newstart Magazine, Social Care Today and Air Quality News.

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