Only one of the 327-home mixed tenure village properties is
still to be reserved and there is already a significant waiting
list for rental properties with the final 44 sales conversions
accelerating to completion at 18 exchanges per month.
Last November, new residents June (79) and Doug Wood (79) moved
from their Clifton home to a part-purchase, one-bedroom Lark Hill
apartment with kitchen, living room, shower room, and patio area
overlooking the Village grounds. They have access to 18 health and
leisure facilities including a gym, restaurant and craft room, and
up to 24-hour assessed care is available through the Village's
qualified care team should they need it.
They first became interested in the Village ten years ago, but
their interest grew after Doug, a retired personnel manager, became
unable to drive. Keen that they should not become isolated and
aware that they may need help in the future, the couple made the
decision to move after they talked with residents on a tour of
another ExtraCare Village in Milton Keynes.
Escorted by ExtraCare staff through a co-ordinated sales and
move-in programme, they also received specialist welfare advice
(which has found £295,000 in unclaimed benefits on behalf of
potential villagers), support with preventative healthcare and
membership of a 300-strong Lark Hill Friends Club which introduced
prospective residents to the community.
Moved-in since November 2009, Doug and June are delighted with
their new home. But both feel that 'lifestyle' played a significant
part in their decision to live at Lark Hill. Doug is now starting
up a short-mat bowls team in the Village Winter Garden whilst June
is pursuing card making and ceramics in the craft room. Their
grandchildren regularly join Doug to play snooker.
Comments Doug: "There is a culture here of people caring for one
another, with more than plenty to do. We like the property we've
chosen, our children have peace of mind, we've made the right
Village sales advisors Rebecca McNamara and Julie Hughes both live
in nearby Clifton and have worked on the sales programme for two
Julie comments: "Some residents at Lark Hill had not moved for
over fifty years and for some it was a daunting prospect,
especially during a recession. The Team's approach was to consider
all of a person's needs and stand beside them throughout their
sale, every step of the way."
Rebecca adds: "The Village's opening really boosted sales. With
the leisure facilities in the Village Centre up and running, the
place is alive with activity and offers an impressive welcome -
especially for those seeking an affordable alternative to the
traditional retirement home."
Contact Richard Tower, PR Manager at ExtraCare on M: 0772 055