Residents Move into New Extra-Care Residential Centre
Friday, Oct 7, 2011
The first residents have moved into the new Greyfriars extra-care accommodation in Richmond this week.
The new building, which is finished in stone to complement the surrounding area, provides 39 two-bedroom apartments for older people as well as other facilities which are open to the community.
The development in Lile Close was started at the end of 2009 by Housing 21 in partnership with Richmondshire District Council and the county council to replace outdated sheltered housing that was there.
Former residents of the old Lile Close accommodation have been the first to move into the £6.2m development, followed by residents of Richmond House, a county council-run elderly people's home.
Councillor Stuart Parsons said: "Greyfriars is a fantastic place and a huge success. It really will improve the quality of life for the residents and because of its open nature will be a real part of the community."
The extra-care scheme enables older people to live independently in their own home yet benefit from any care and support they might need.
Greyfriars provides round-the-clock support as well as providing a restaurant, hair salon, hobbies room and sensory room for residents and the community.