McCarthy & Stone, the UK's leading retirement developer, is introducing its new 53-apartment Assisted Living development in Cults, Aberdeenshire. Available exclusively to those over the age of 70, this purpose-built Assisted Living development offers a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with communal facilities and a flexible range of support services, available for residents to purchase as required. Sales opened in January 2012, and the first new homeowners will be moving in by July 2013.
These new homes in Scotland, which are wheelchair accessible throughout, comprise 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. Each flat has a 24-hour emergency call system, giving the added security of access to on-site staff 24/7. Domestic assistance for an hour a week is automatically provided to residents as part of their service charge, but additional assistance can be purchased, either short- or longer-term. Chores such as washing, ironing, and shopping can all be done on a resident's behalf, leaving more time to enjoy independent living.
As well as security and independence, community is also key to McCarthy & Stone's Assisted Living concept. The development at Cults has an on-site serviced restaurant, offering hot food at lunchtime every day, for a small charge, and family and friends are welcome to join residents for a meal too. And, for anyone who is unable to make it down to the restaurant due to illness, meals can even be brought to their apartment.
A communal lounge is available for residents to meet for a chat over a cup of tea, while also providing a venue for the many social events that are regularly organised. Furthermore, there is a hotel-style guest suite for hire at the development, should a little extra room be needed for putting up visitors and a function room is available for private parties and gatherings.
For those who require it, either at point of moving in, or in the future, personal care is also available from the on-site care team. This can be on a short- or a longer-term basis and importantly, the level of care is totally flexible to meet the changing needs of residents over time.
Steve Wiseman, managing director 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 can help postpone or even remove the need to ever consider more formal care arrangements. Furthermore, we can offer practical and financial help with the sale of an existing property, liaising with estate agents and solicitors on the purchaser's behalf and providing a full de-cluttering, packing and removals service. We will also ensure one of our professional advisors is on hand on the day of the move to guarantee everything goes smoothly."