Retirement communities overview
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The annual State of Ageing report produced by the Centre for Better Ageing has revealed there are nearly 11 million people aged 65 and over in the UK, roughly 19% of the population. With estimates suggesting this will increase to around 22% in just ten years (June 2023), there is a clear need to consider the ageing population in terms of housing development.
Adlington Retirement Living design build and operate integrated retirement living communities tailored to the wants and needs of older people. We spoke with the company to understand more about how it is tailoring its offering to suit this growing group of discerning customers and their latest development in Menston, West Yorkshire.
The Spindles in Menston is Adlington Retirement Living’s most recent development comprising 72 two and three-bedroom apartments set within a modern, safe and secure environment.
The communal areas offer a range of facilities such as a coffee lounge, table service restaurant, activities studio, therapy suite and hairdressing salon, all set within spacious landscaped gardens. The development also incorporates useful features for older residents including mobility scooter and bicycle stores with electric charging facilities and level access living, with lifts to all floors.
Sales and Marketing Director, Alexandra Johnson told us “Adlington’s vision is to empower the older generation to live long, happy and healthy lives by providing a place to live with active communities and extensive communal facilities. I think that’s why we have already reserved or sold just under 40% of our properties at The Spindles.”
Adlington Retirement Living carefully select locations that are surrounded by useful amenities and local facilities, such as shops and cafes. On average sites are between two- and two-and-a-half-acres, providing plenty of green spaces including communal gardens and private gardens for homeowners to enjoy.
Alexandra said “One of the benefits for people who come to live in our communities is the removal of day-to-day concerns; we often refer to it as maintenance-free living. This is where the older generation simply do not have to worry about building maintenance, managing the garden or keeping on top of DIY.”
Lee Pitchford, Construction Director at Adlington Retirement Living explained “Our communities are built to the highest standards and we are secure in our partnership with NHBC and their warranty provision, which is of tangible value to our customers. We also invest in a variety of NHBC courses for our teams including defects prevention, effective snagging and handovers, principal designer and NHBC Standards training.
“It’s also why we are so proud that our retirement communities across the UK are award-winning. Several of them have won the highly regarded WhatHouse? Best Retirement Development in the UK award, Health Investor Senior award for Best Retirement Living Development in the UK, as well as several of NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards.”
Traditionally the older generation might look to down-size to a smaller house or a bungalow as a more accommodating option in their later years. This can still be the right choice for many people but does not necessarily factor in other aspects of ageing.
Adlington Retirement Living’s communities not only provide high-specification properties they also offer other important social elements, such as safe and secure environments and are able to balance community, socialisation and friendship while maintaining the individual’s independence and privacy.
They also look to meet the long-term needs of residents with their on-site Adlington Management Services team, providing support 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Plus, the option of tailored personal care packages via their care partner to suit resident’s individual needs as and when these might change during their lifetime.
Additionally, with a dedicated team at every location there is a consistent focus on maintaining excellent standards of service, looking after the facilities and delivering a high-quality experience for everyone.
The rapidly ageing population of the UK highlights the growing need for age-appropriate housing both in terms of the properties as well as the environment they are in and, of course, all the other aspects that provide older people with benefits and services they value.
Lee added “We are proud of our offering and have seen its success repeated at several locations across the UK. As the population ages we’re convinced there will be a greater demand for communities like ours where people can relax and really enjoy their retirement.
“Quality is key for us, that’s why we use the services of NHBC on all Adlington Retirement Living schemes. NHBC provide invaluable support through the whole construction process, giving us peace of mind that inspections are completed during the build, and ultimately providing reassurance for our customers on the final finished product.
“I’m also delighted that, thanks to the ongoing success of our business model, our seventeenth retirement community will be The Newells in Kempston, along with numerous new locations already in the pipeline across the UK.”