A LEADING Merseyside care home trust will set a new benchmark in retirement villages with a multi-million pound “utopian” complex for couples, which will be more like a luxury hotel compared to rival facilities.
Stapely Care, established more than 70 years ago, will create this new retirement village, complete with gym, pool and creche, in the highly sought-after Liverpool green suburb of Mossley Hill. Initial work is about to start on a cinema and a restaurant for guests and families.
The development aims to meet the future demands of the next generation who will expect a high standard of maintained dwellings and gardens, in which couples can stay together to enjoy independent, secure lives and entertain their families – including grandchildren – but remain within the wider community.
Building on the long-established and highly regarded Stapely Residential and Nursing Care Home, in Mossley Hill, the new Stapely Care Retirement Village will offer up to 143 en suite units, with its completion planned in two years’ time. Stapely Care can also provide additional care facilities.
The first £700,000 phase is already underway with four brand new premium suites completed and a further 15 to follow. Each suite will have self-contained kitchens and en suite facilities, in White Gables, the site’s Victorian villa, with construction funded by private and trade investment.
Stapely Care Retirement Village will be set in its own three and a half acres of extensive gardens and grounds, close to Sefton Park and the excellent amenities of Mossley Hill and Allerton Road’s extensive shops. The new facilities will be carefully and tastefully created within Stapely Care’s three magnificent stuccoed villas and adjacent buildings.
Provision will be made for clients’ changing needs, so their living arrangements can evolve to accommodate this evolution. The trust’s mission statement is for people to live how they want to live for as long as they can, and it will take all measures possible to ensure this happens.
Retirement Village residents will be able to enjoy Stapely Care’s present extensive weekly entertainment and events programme. For example, in partnership with Liverpool’s pioneering Reader Organisation, it holds weekly poetry and literary events for residents and patients. Day trips are offered all year round and there is very popular monthly Afternoon Tea Dance with guests invited to join residents.
Stapely Care already has partnerships with Liverpool City Council Adult Learning Service, The Brain Charity, the British Gymnastics Foundation, National Museums Liverpool and Motitech. These all provide access to innovative projects and activities for residents and patients, as well as bespoke physical and mental excercise and creative opportunities – even poetry writing!
Philip Ettinger, Stapely Care Trustee, said: “Our exciting ambition is to launch a ‘utopian’ retirement village for a new generation who will use our services and want to combine a modern lifestyle with the renowned support which Stapely Care provides.
“Building on the foundations of our great reputation operating Stapely Care, we will offer those people seeking a higher level of retirement standards a level of facilities previously unavailable in Merseyside.
“Stapely Care is proud of its wonderful 90-member staff, as their dedication and compassion for the individual needs of our residents and patients is the cornerstone of our ethos. Their skills and experience will extend into serving the new residents of our Stapely Care Retirement Village.
“As a charity we function with the sole commitment of giving of our best each day to every resident and patient, and their families, making them feel fulfilled and worthwhile when their personal needs are increasing, all done within a very warm, caring and safe environment.
“The trust was set up more than 70 years ago to support the Jewish community (which it still does), but for the last 15 years it has welcomed residents from all of the public. All the funding which we raise goes directly to the benefit of our residents and patients in continuously developing and improving their environment and our infrastructure.”