Throughout October, Orbit will be raising awareness of extra care.
Extra care is the term used to describe schemes with a number of self-contained apartments which incorporate design features to allow residents to live independently. Not to be confused with retirement homes and care homes, the focus of extra care is to allow customers to remain independent for as long as possible; should the day arrive when a level of care is required, the scheme is flexible enough to be able to offer that care.
Throughout the month, staff from Orbit Independent Living will be working in partnership with Orbit Homes to hold a number of internal and external events to raise awareness amongst staff, customers and the local community. With a series of coffee mornings, an Assisted Technology drop-in session and a Tea, Toast and Technology day as just a few of the events, there will be plenty going on. One of the events involves a sponsored Memory Walk at the 178-apartment Queensway Court development in Leamington Spa; staff and their families will be taking part in the walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Lorraine Mansfield, Orbit’s Extra Care Development Manager, commented: “Extra care is a huge focus for us currently. With the UK’s ageing population, housing providers must explore their customer offer, and ensure that the housing solutions they provide are meeting the ever-changing requirements of our customers. The beauty of extra care is that the schemes are designed to such a standard that they allow people to live independently and retain their privacy within their own self-contained homes, but should there come a point where their care needs change, everything is in place to adapt their home and allow that to happen seamlessly.”
Orbit currently owns and manages two extra care schemes with several more in development.