Our sheltered homes for people in retirement
The Charity has two purpose-built sheltered homes as part of our support for older people in retirement who have worked for a at least 3 years in our industry, or associated trades, or are a dependent of someone who has.
Our sheltered homes have their origins as almshouses which were built to house poor printers and their families. We are a member of the Almshouse Association and we run our sheltered homes in line with Almshouse best practice.
residents in our sheltered apartments (on average)
Our facilities include:
- 32 self-contained, one-bedroom apartments at Beaverbrook House in Bletchley
- 40 self-contained, one-bedroom apartments at Southwood Court in Basildon
- Each apartment includes kitchen, living room and wet room
- Onsite support Monday to Friday 9-5 and weekend mornings
- Out of hours community alarm service
- Off-street parking
- Communal gardens
- Programme of events and activities for residents wishing to get more involved
To ensure that the charity offers accommodation to those in most need and with reduced means we ask all applicants to complete a financial assessment which covers income, and assets, such as property and savings. Although applicants with significant assets are not usually eligible, we do consider, on occasion, other motivations for applying such as loneliness or isolation.
We encourage people to apply even if they are unsure when they may need our facilities. As a result we have a waiting list of eligible applicants and offer accommodation based on who has the greatest need at the time we have a vacancy. We contact all eligible applicants twice a year to keep in touch and see if their circumstances have changed.
All residents live independently and when they move in must be able to look after themselves. We know that over time this may change and in later years external care and support may be needed. We are not a care home and do not have their facilities. We do work with residents and their families to find the right accommodation when external services no longer meet a resident’s needs.