Construction has started on McCarthy & Stone's purpose-built, private Assisted Living development in Cults, with sales opening in January 2013 and first residents expected to move in by July 2013. Named Florence Court in honour of local Olympic silver medallist David Florence, this development is situated on the grounds of the former Cults Parish Church, manse and neighbouring property on North Deeside Road. It will feature 53 one- and two-bedroom apartments which will be available exclusively to those over the age of 70.
The development will also offer a range of communal facilities and optional support services for residents, all within a safe and secure environment that offers peace of mind and continued independence in a resident-owned property. Each of these new homes in Scotland is wheelchair accessible throughout and comprises one or two bedrooms, an open-plan lounge/dining room, a fitted kitchen and a bathroom incorporating both a bath and separate level-access shower with non-slip flooring.
The Assisted Living concept is a step up from the standard Retirement Living development pioneered by McCarthy & Stone. It provides another level of service and care for those with more reliance on assistance with everyday living, including the provision of domestic and healthcare services.
Suzanne McElhiney, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, says: "Assisted Living is a completely new offering in Scotland that will really bridge the gap between our standard Retirement Living developments and residential care. While it will never be a substitute for a nursing home, the additional features and benefits it offers such as the waitress-service restaurant, domestic assistance and personal care if required can help postpone or even remove the need to ever consider more formal care arrangements."