Retirement village believes ‘better care facilities’ are needed for elderly people across North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2018

Timothy Endicott has praised the care he receives at Audley Redwood. Picture: Irene Kyme

Timothy Endicott has praised the care he receives at Audley Redwood. Picture: Irene Kyme

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A retirement village is calling on more high quality care facilities for elderly people.

Audley Redwood, in Failand, feels more should be done to support retirees as people aged 65 and over make up 30 per cent of the district’s population.

The Government’s report on the long-term funding of adult social care, published in June, revealed the rising demand and costs in the face of funding cuts has placed the social care system under unsustainable strain.

The report stated ‘in its present state the system is not fit to respond to current needs, let alone predicted future needs as a result of demographic trends’.

Paul Morgan, managing director for the Audley group, said: “People will always prefer to be cared for in their own home rather than in a care home or hospital, and this is why we should have more high quality housing options with flexible care attached.

“It is also important to recognise the impact this kind of housing could have on reducing bed blocking in the NHS and reducing pressure on the service.

“There’s no quick fix but people need to stop ignoring the benefits of high quality retirement properties.

“Retirement villages allow people to make the most of their independence and provide care when they need it.

“We need more aspirational retirement properties as our population ages, and they should be homes their owners can be proud of.”

Situated on the former site of the Redwood Hotel and Country Club in Beggar Bush Lane, the retirement village comprises of 106 apartments and 20 cottages.

It is also home to the Audley Club, offering facilities including a swimming pool, library, restaurant, bar and spa, all accessible to both owners and the neighbouring communities.

MORE: Retirement village opens offering swimming pool, bar and spa.

Timothy Endicott was a care home owner and part-time farmer for 30 years before he went into hospital for a bypass on his leg, requiring five stents and long-term physiotherapy.

Having access to care facilities has been essential to maintain his independent lifestyle.

He said: “The thought of going to a residential home terrifies me – the alternative is I would have had to put a bungalow in my daughter’s garden.

“Life would be impossible without the care I receive here.”

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