Extra care housing scheme opens in Kirklees


Development includes purpose-built facility for people with dementia

A new, state-of-the-art extra care service has opened in Heckmondwike, Kirklees.

Meadow Green is the second of the three extra care housing schemes being built by Kirklees Council in partnership with Regenter Excellent Homes for Life (REHL), a consortium comprising of John Laing and Wates Living Space.

Care and support at the service will be provided by national health and social care charity, Community Integrated Care, and the building will be maintained by Pinnacle PSG.

The scheme was officially opened by The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Martyn Bolt. The event was attended by more than 100 people, including tenants of Meadow Green, leaders from Kirklees Council, and partners involved in the project.

Meadow Green is a modern 53-apartment complex, which includes Meadow Green Lodge, a separate scheme of 10 flats that will exclusively deliver specialist support to people with dementia. It has a number of communal facilities that all tenants are able to take advantage of, including a lounge, activity room, therapy suite, hairdressing salon, landscaped garden and a restaurant.

Each of the extra care housing schemes is designed to be a community hub, providing services for members of the local community, as well as those living in the scheme. This helps to reduce social isolation, enables people to remain part of the local community and brings new resources into the local area.

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Councillor Molly Walton, cabinet member for adult social care at Kirklees Coucil, said: “Meadow Green is a modern, spacious housing facility with care and support available. It’s all about providing independent living for people in a safe environment for as long as possible, with high-quality care close at hand should they need it. The environment where people live makes a tremendous difference to their quality of life and wellbeing, as well as offering reassurance to their families, friends and carers.”