The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) was delighted to participate in the launch by ARCO (the Associated Retirement Community Operators) of a new Consumer Code at the House of Lords on 2 November. This Code, which provides a benchmark for good practice within the housing-with-care sector, applies specifically to properties for rent or purchase in retirement communities. These developments go beyond housing provision and include additional services such as dining and leisure activities alongside optional care services.
OSJCT currently operates 12 such developments, comprising one and two-bedroom apartments, and has plans to expand this service further.
Sara Livadeas, Strategy Director for OSJCT commented: “We are pleased to be providing more housing with care for people because it supports them to age well in a home of their choice. Our care on site means people don’t have to move and couples can stay together if one of them has care needs.
This is still a relatively new type of service but it has really good outcomes for people. At OSJCT, we are keen to ensure that anyone moving into extra care housing knows exactly what to expect so we are fully supportive of this Consumer Code. We hope that many more older people will have access to housing with good quality care on site in the future.”