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“I would certainly recommend anyone to consider this option” – reflections on living in a retirement village

Having the opportunity to take on fulfilling new challenges, being part of a supportive community and avoiding loneliness during lockdowns are amongst the reasons Jane Machin is pleased to have moved into independent retirement accommodation at Middleton Hall Retirement Village.

Jane was reflecting on her own experiences of living in one of the Middleton Woods apartments at Middleton Hall following the findings of the 2020 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) report showing the widespread benefits of living in a retirement community.

Since buying her retirement apartment in December 2019, Jane said that she has enjoyed embracing the many new opportunities available to her at Middleton Hall.

“I never imagined I would actually go to the gym but did, a first for me, and actually enjoyed it,” she said.

The former Lieutenant Colonel with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) relocated from Harmby, Leyburn in Wensleydale.

“I finally decided to move after many visits over several years for several reasons including the fact that I have no close family in this country.

“I also liked the idea of the care services that are on site should I need them in the future, meaning that I could sell my apartment without the worry of finding somewhere to go.”

Middleton Hall Retirement Village is set within 45 acres of woodland and parkland and Jane added: “Coming from a rural area I wanted open space around, but my large garden was becoming more of a chore then enjoyable.

“My apartment has far reaching views to the Cleveland Hills and I’ve enjoyed watching the wildlife, foxes and birds from my window and I’ve learnt a lot about the life of the squirrels. I have one of the allotments on the estate so I can continue to grow my vegetables during the warmer months and it has been another sociable place to chat.

“The apartment is also large enough for me to continue with my hobbies and I turned the second bedroom into a craft come office room.”

The majority of the time Jane has lived at Middleton Hall has been during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I certainly never imagined a pandemic and lockdown happening just three months after moving in,” she commented.

“Living here during the last year has made life easier during the pandemic with the on-site shop, delivery service for both groceries and meals when I get fed up with my own cooking. And all the virtual activities and outdoor exercise classes have been brilliant.

“The staff make regular phone calls to check everything is alright and, when I’m out walking in the grounds, I almost always meet someone to have a socially distanced chat.

“If I had not made the move life would have been lonelier and more difficult to get shopping and so on during this pandemic so I certainly feel I made the right decision. It’s very stressful moving and wondering if you are doing the right thing but I would certainly recommend anyone to consider this option and I have no regrets.”

The DHSC report, which was published at the end of last year, was based on research conducted by The Kings Fund and The University of York which found that older people living in retirement communities are healthier and more independent and require reduced levels of health and care support.

After conducting an extensive review of available evidence and research on the health and social care value of the new generation of retirement housing – known as housing-with-care – the report finds strong evidence of significant benefits including improvements in overall health, fitness, memory function and life expectancy.

A range of independent retirement living options are available at Middleton Hall Retirement Village. Our Waterside bungalows offer high specification, spacious, zero-carbon accommodation in a spectacular setting and our award-winning Middleton Woods apartments feature one and two bedroom retirement apartments, substantially larger than typical retirement homes and set in beautiful grounds.

The spacious, comfortable apartments of Middleton Grove also offer a unique lifestyle to those who enjoy their independence and privacy but would appreciate the benefits of support, companionship and security within a small, friendly community.

Fur further details visit www.middletonhallretirementvillage.co.uk

Report shows retirement village living is the key to a healthier later life

A report commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care has provided “overwhelming evidence” of the substantial and widespread benefits of retirement villages for residents who live there.

Published at the end of last year, the research conducted by The Kings Fund and The University of York, found that older people living in retirement communities are healthier and more independent and require reduced levels of health and care support.

After conducting an extensive review of available evidence and research on the health and social care value of the new generation of retirement housing – known as housing-with-care – the report finds strong evidence of significant benefits including improvements in overall health, fitness, memory function and life expectancy.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s Executive Chair, Jeremy Walford, said that the research fits with the experience of those who live in the range of independent retirement properties located in the Middleton Hall grounds.

“From using the gym for the first time in their lives to getting involved with the numerous activities and events that take place, people are encouraged to lead active, independent lives which has very positive knock-on effects on health and well-being.”

Jeremy added: “There have also been huge benefits for those living in our retirement community during the current pandemic.

“Residents have been able to still get out and about safely in our grounds and the Middleton Hall team has been able to provide support with shopping and meal deliveries. To help prevent isolation and boredom we have also organised a wide range of socially-distanced activities including outdoor exercise classes when restrictions permitted, an online village show and a virtual Christmas play.”

The main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK, ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), which Middleton Hall Retirement Village is a member of as an approved operator, welcomed the report.

Michael Voges, ARCO’s Executive Director said: “There is now an overwhelming, comprehensive and conclusive body of proof that the housing-with-care model can play a vital role in supporting our health and social are systems and in keeping older people healthy, independent and well for longer.”

The DHSC report supports the findings of research by Aston and Lancaster Universities commissioned by not-for-profit retirement housing developer The ExtraCare Charitable Trust to research the value of its model on lifestyle.

Published in March 2019, this research found that residents in retirement villages cost the NHS 38% less per annum, exercise by residents increased by 75%, anxiety symptoms decreased by 23% while memory improved by 24% and 85.5% of residents never or hardly ever felt lonely.

A range of independent retirement living options are available at Middleton Hall Retirement Village. Our Waterside bungalows offer high specification, spacious, zero-carbon accommodation in a spectacular setting and our award-winning Middleton Woods apartments feature one and two bedroom retirement apartments, substantially larger than typical retirement homes and set in beautiful grounds.

The spacious, comfortable apartments of Middleton Grove also offer a unique lifestyle to those who enjoy their independence and privacy but would appreciate the benefits of support, companionship and security within a small, friendly community.

Fur further details visit www.middletonhallretirementvillage.co.uk

 

Valentine’s Day treats

There were lots of hearts, flowers and cupcakes on Valentine’s Day in celebrations to mark the occasion organised by Co-owners in Middleton Gardens Hotel Living and Supported Living care services and Middleton Grove’s supported independent living apartments.

Here’s a gallery of some highlights from the day.

   

 

Sending love on Valentine’s day

Touching hearts across our Middleton Court nursing care service and sending love to all on Valentine’s day.

Wintery scenes around the grounds

The snow settled across the Middleton Hall estate this week creating some stunning views that many enjoyed whilst out and about in the grounds.

Carer Zoe’s vaccine celebration

We’re delighted to have over 90% of our Co-owners vaccinated.

Zoe, one of our amazing carers, is proud to be vaccinated.

She said: “I hope the vaccine will enable us to relax restrictions further, such as no masks meaning our residents can see smiles again, and allow visitors giving our residents comfort and the family touch which they have sadly missed out on.

“I got the vaccine because it seemed to be the best way for us to move forward to some sort of ‘normal life’ again. It’s important to help keep us fit as well and hopefully stop us being really poorly should we get Covid.”

Carer Zoe gives a thumbs up to having the Covid vaccine

Covid safe library

Waterside residents Ken and Christine have set up a safe way of borrowing books from the Middleton Hall library.

Email your choice of books from the catalogue below to mh@mhrv.co.uk or call Reception if you prefer on 01325 332207.

Ken and Christine will then drop off the books on your doorstep for you to enjoy!

When you’ve finished reading it, email mh@mhrv.co.uk or ring reception and pop your book on your doorstep for collection.

We’re always looking to expand our collection so let us know if you have any books you’d like to donate.

The Library Catalogue

Snowy scenes

The grounds of Middleton Hall always look wonderfully scenic in the snow. Here are some snowy shots taken by Co-owners around and about the estate.

With many of our behind the scenes office colleagues working from home again due to the current lockdown we were also sent scenes from home office locations beyond the village. Here are some spectacular scenes from a wintery Barnard Castle.