The benefits of living in a safe and connected community

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Living in an easy to manage property with ready access to a range of facilities within a connected and supportive community are amongst the benefits  of living in an independent retirement property at Middleton Hall Retirement Village for retired physicist Dr Les Simpson.

Les, who has also become Middleton Hall’s resident pottery teacher since he moved in, has lived in one of the village’s Waterside carbon neutral bungalows since moving from Normanby, near Middlesbrough in November 2013.

The Waterside bungalows at Middleton Hall Retirement Village
The Waterside bungalows at Middleton Hall Retirement Village

“I primarily moved because my wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia and was wanting support when the condition got worse. We also had a large plot of land and we recognised that keeping on top of it would probably become more difficult with time,” Les explained.

“After visiting and realising what was available from a socialisation and recreational point of view, it seemed to be the ideal place to spend the rest of our years.”

Since moving in additional facilities have been developed for residents.

“We liked the fact that there were plans for the Hall to evolve in a positive way, and that has certainly happened. For example, a large Orangery was built which became the hub for meeting people over a coffee. A new art studio and library have also been built and the allotment area has been expanded and has become a place where we could have a community BBQ.”

Les Simpson has been able to make use of the art studio during lockdown

“Now being single, the feeling of isolation would be present irrespective of where I lived,” Les reflected.

“However, being in the retirement village means that you have the opportunity to walk around the extensive grounds and in safety and meeting people from the Hall whilst walking allows for some socialisation which does have a positive impact on one’s mental health.”

Les added: “In the light of the past year, the decision to live in the village has been the right one. The Hall does try very hard to support us bearing in mind social distancing. For example, there has been group physical exercise outside, weather and, Covid restrictions permitting, meals can be delivered to your property. There was also some community carol singing outside at Christmas to raise residents’ spirits.

“It’s very positive when staff stop for a brief socially distanced chat and one does feel safe from a Covid viewpoint with communication from the Hall helping to keep us up to date.”

A report published at the end of last year, based on 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.

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.

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