With the first residents settled into their new apartments and cottages and 50% of phase one properties sold, construction of phase two of Lynwood Village is now underway. The second phase will add 73 apartments and cottages with completion of the new properties anticipated by Spring 2017. Construction starts with the demolition of the old Lynwood Care Centre and BEN head office. Salvage experts will recycle as much of the old buildings as possible including timber, concrete, metal, bricks, roof tiles and kitchen equipment.

The brand new retirement community in Sunninghill, Ascot opened in May and is an excellent solution to the challenges of third age living. The spacious apartments and cottages are designed to make life easier for over-65s with support and care available as required. Loneliness and isolation are well-documented challenges for older people whose family and friends may be too some distance way or too heavily committed to spend much time with them. At Lynwood, while residents have their own private home, company and help are always at hand.

Initial feedback from residents is that they are very happy with the quality of their apartments and cottages and having all the facilities they need on their doorstep makes life very easy. Having people around to talk to is another important reason why residents are enjoying life at Lynwood, because they don’t have to make specific plans or travel anywhere to find company.

Purposeful activities, wellbeing and cake

The restaurant, bar and coffee shop are already doing a brisk trade. The quality and variety of food on offer has made some residents declare that they will not be using the kitchens in their new homes. With an emphasis on wellness, Lynwood also has a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, indoor bowls, croquet lawn, fitness suite and therapy rooms, where residents can see physiotherapists and chiropodists. The wide variety of scheduled activities, events and excursions provides purposeful activities and opportunities for social interaction, which is hugely beneficial for people’s wellbeing. The 24/7 onsite care team provides support as needed and the village also has a spa, hair salon, private dining room, village shop and 24-hour concierge service.

The new Lynwood Care Centre is part of the village and its residents and their families are also making use of the village facilities. Being able to ‘go out’, to the coffee shop for example, without leaving the site makes visiting loved ones a far nicer experience compared to simply sitting in a resident’s room or the communal lounge.

David Main, Chief Executive of BEN, the charity that owns and runs Lynwood Village, commented; “Lynwood Village offers far more than well-designed housing for over 65s, although this is very important. We provide a supportive environment that improves the health and wellbeing of all our residents. Just having people around can make a huge difference to older people who may have been isolated before. The relief of not having to worry about maintenance or the garden means people can simply get on with enjoying themselves.”

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