In HCHA’s thirty-six flats at St Barnabas sheltered scheme, fifty percent of our residents are between 57 to 79 years of age. Nine of our residents are in their eighties, and a further nine are aged between ninety and ninety-six. All of our residents live independently in their own units.
When asked about the secret to her good health, May 94, replied, ‘When you live in a place like this, it keeps you well. I especially like the companionship.’
Keeping active and interactive seems to be the key to keeping our older residents mentally and physically well. Ninety year old resident Robert Beasley says,‘Every day I come outside on my own and sit in the garden with my tea and watch the birds around the feeder – we get Blue Tits, Great Tits and Coal Tits and Robins. It’s like the Garden of Eden!’ he smiles.
Age UK has written a report titled Improving Later Life and it identifies the key to keeping healthy in later life is to
stay physically, intellectually and socially active.
As part of HCHA’s commitment to older people living longer, healthier and independent lives in all our sheltered schemes, HCHA ensures that every resident has access to:
• A safe, secure and comfortable home.
• A housing coordinator on site during working hours, as well as out of hours support through a helpline
• Plenty of opportunities for engaging with others through regular social activities such as coffee mornings, bingo, bowls, film nights, study circles, themed events etc.
• Activities that promote a healthy lifestyle e.g. yoga, keep fit classes, gardening and outings etc.
• Extra assistance with laundry and cleaning is offered through our Busy Bee Service.