The ideal combination of independence, community and support

The ideal combination of independence, community and support

Family matters comment by Richmond Villages

The award winning retirement village operators, Richmond Villages, have villages in the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire including a brand new village opening later this year in Witney…

Richmond Villages’ Suites provide more than just a new home – they allow residents to enjoy life in a safe, caring, socially active and supportive community. Here, Richmond Villages’ Operations Director, Susie Oakley, answers Cotswold Preview’s questions:

What is Richmond Villages’ philosophy around maintaining independence?
It is a philosophy of care and support services that promotes independence, dignity and well being.  It is now firmly established as an alternative to residential care. By purchasing a Village Suite in a Richmond Retirement Village, it’s an ideal combination of having your own front door but with the reassurance that care and support is available on site 24 hours a day.

So, are Village Suites all about promoting independence? 
Absolutely! By providing supervision or assistance with activities of daily living, people who are finding it difficult to live independently at home, but do not need the 24 hour care provided by a care home, are able to enjoy prolonged independence in a caring, socially active and supportive environment.

Are the Suites owned outright?
The majority of people do purchase the Suites, meaning they retain equity and reduce outgoings.

What does the all-inclusive package provide? 
The package is designed to take away the daily chores and allow people more quality time to enjoy the things that they prefer to do. This means that we prepare all meals, which can be taken either in the restaurant or brought to the Suite, a daily housekeeping service and all laundry. Utility costs are included within the package too.

Is additional help and support available?
Where additional help and support is required, this is arranged by our own domiciliary care agency to meet each individual’s needs in their own Suite. Should care needs ever increase, then there is also the reassurance of our on site Care Home which provides 24 hour nursing and dementia care. 

What kind of social activities can I expect?
Our activity co-ordinators ensure there is a full diary of events, including scheduled daily trips to local towns as well as social outings. We try and make sure there is something for everyone, with organised activities ranging from book clubs to bridge and painting. We have our very own Wellness Spa so residents can simply go for a swim, relax in the Jacuzzi, or take part in classes such as Tai Chi or aqua aerobics. The one thing I hear most from residents is that their social calendar is busier than ever since they moved here!

For more information, please contact Richmond Village, Witney: 01993 768679 / richmond-villages.com/witney  

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