Great progress on new extra care apartments
Carol Hughes, Senior Extra Care Manager, heading up the team at the new Maes y Dderwen Extra Care Housing Scheme for Older People in Wrexham
A Senior Extra Care Manager and Officer have been appointed for the new Maes y Dderwen housing scheme currently under construction in Grosvenor Road, Wrexham.
The £10.5 m scheme is specifically designed for local people aged 60 or over who wish to live independently in a home of their own with the peace of mind of 24-hour access to care support.
A partnership between Wrexham County Borough Council and Tŷ Glas Housing Society, part of the Pennaf Housing Group, the development is on schedule to open in the early summer.
“It’s a privilege to be involved with Maes y Dderwen which is one of three similar schemes the Pennaf Housing Group is currently developing in North Wales,” said Carol Thomas, Senior Extra Care Manager.
“I joined the Pennaf Housing Group in 2008 and I have seen first hand how the lives of older people and their families have been transformed by the independent living options that extra care housing provides.”
Gaynor Jones, who is local to Wrexham, is the new Extra Care Officer appointed at Maes y Dderwen. She has worked at a senior level in the care and support sector for the last 26 years and is passionate about the new extra care housing scheme due to open shortly in her home town:
“This is a superb asset to the town and indeed the wider county area. It will provide a first-rate housing option for those over 60 who are looking to live independently in their own self-contained apartment while having the peace of mind of 24 hour care support on site.
“As a local person I also really appreciate the transformation of this key site in the heart of the town, again helping those who want to remain independent getting out and about.
“I’m really motivated by wanting to help people access this opportunity to live well with flexible, individual support that can adapt as individual needs change, and I’m already bowled over by some of the lovely people I’ve already met who are looking into this as a potential option for themselves or a family member.”
Maes y Dderwen includes 60 high quality self-contained one and two bed properties and a range of communal facilities such as an on-site restaurant, residents’ lounge, mobiity scooter storage and activity rooms.
Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:
“This is an exciting and innovative project and we are all very pleased that the works are progressing so well. I would like to welcome Gaynor to the team and wish her well as we all look forward to the opening in the summer.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about the scheme and the eligibility criteria for renting one of the apartments can call 0800 183 5757 or see the website www.maesdderwen.co.uk.
There’s also an information open day organised the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Yorke Street, Wrexham between 1 pm and 7 pm on Friday Feb 2 when anyone interested either for themselves or for a family member, can call in and find out more.