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Fostering a new beginning for older living

Fostering a new beginning for older living

20 December 2018

Rita, 79, asked to move from Polehampton Court sheltered housing to Fosters because she knew she would need additional care and support to maintain her independence for as long as possible.

“I couldn’t have wished for anything more,” said Rita. “The staff, be that from Optalis, the onsite restaurant team or the Council’s housing team, have all been so helpful and caring. The décor is fabulous and I’m delighted to have a balcony to enjoy the outside space.

“Having the peace of mind of knowing the support here at Fosters can change as my needs do, is very reassuring.”

All of the 34 homes have private front doors leading into specially designed apartments. They each have an entrance hallway, double bedroom, a wet room bathroom with dual entrance to the hallway and bedroom, a spacious kitchen/living room and either a private balcony or terrace.

Even though the homes came with new carpets and neutral décor, tenants have been encouraged to make them their own. This is exactly what Rita has done. She has taken huge pride in her new home and decorated it beautifully throughout, putting her stamp on it.

If the residents want to stretch their legs, or socialise, there are landscaped gardens, two communal living rooms, guest suite accommodation for friends and relatives, and a café offering freshly cooked healthy food.

Our care provider Optalis delivers 24/7 support on-site to residents for extra peace of mind, and individual care packages are tailored to match residents’ personal needs.

Rita says a real sense of community has developed between the service providers and residents, including seasonal events run by staff via the onsite catering team including the Royal Wedding party in May, McMillian Coffee Mornings, Bingo days, and chair Yoga.

She says she joins in with all the actives and particularly likes the restaurant for lunch where she and her fellow residents all sit and chat, sometimes over a glass of wine. She says her family, which visits often, are pleased and thankful their mum has a lovely and safe place to live.

Built by our development company Wokingham Housing, and now managed by our social and affordable housing company Loddon Homes, this scheme is a cornerstone in our commitment to provide the very best living choices for older people across the Wokingham Borough.


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