Shire Blog

23/03/2015 - New apartments for the over 55s are fit for a Queen

A new development of 63 apartments for the over 55s, in Cannock, has been officially opened and named Chasewood by a very familiar face.

Guests were surprised by the appearance of Queen Elizabeth II (lookalike Patricia Ford) who had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the £8 million development. ‘Queen Elizabeth II’, said “I’m delighted to open this fabulous facility. It really is fit for a Queen!”

Following the ceremony the ‘Queen’ joined the new residents of Chasewood together with invited guests to celebrate with afternoon tea and enjoyed a personal tour of the facilities which include resident’s lounges, coffee bar, pamper and assisted bathrooms and café.

Chasewood is part of a wider programme of innovative extra care schemes being developed by The Wrekin Housing Trust and Choices Housing Association under the ShireLiving brand.

New residents Mr and Mrs Leach, 75 and 78, who celebrated their Golden Wedding on the day, were thrilled to be invited to cut the cake saying, “Chasewood is a wonderful place. We’re absolutely delighted with our new home. Staying in the local area is important to us and by living here we feel as though we’re maximising our independence in an environment where we feel safe.”

Service manager for Chasewood, Julie Edwards, said, “We have an experienced and dedicated team of supportive staff here 24 hours a day. This offers security but also means that we can provide a range of flexible care and support services and tailor them to our residents’ needs. The communal spaces are perfect for our organised social activities too!”

Built by Galliford Try the self-contained apartments are designed to meet the future needs and expectations of Cannock’s increasing ageing population. They offer total privacy and independence with the peace of mind of help being on hand if needed. With links to neighbouring facilities including the adjacent Longford Centre community hub and Alderwood medical practice, residents have an opportunity to get involved in wider social and community activities.

Made possible by a £6.5 million investment from The Wrekin Housing Trust, £1.2 million grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and £300,000 from the Staffordshire County Council, Chasewood offers a real alternative to residential care and will enable people to stay in their own home for as long as possible.