New Year, new housing choices for older people in Wakefield

​Date: 8/01/2016

Frickley Mews in South Elmsall is now ready to open its doors to new residents. The brand new state-of-the-art development consists of 67 apartments offering independent living to people aged over 50 who have an assessed need for care and support. The development has been delivered by Wakefield Council in partnership with Chevin Housing Association, (part of the Together Housing Group).

Community facilities such as a restaurant, lounge and hairdressers are also available to the community. Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health in Wakefield, said, "Frickley Mews provides a safe and supported environment where people can live independently for longer, offering them more choice about the social care they receive thus helping to make a positive difference to their quality of life and wellbeing.  Also, by allocating a small number of apartments for reablement services, this means we can provide services to support older people/people with disabilities coming out of hospital to return to living at home, as well as providing care to help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions."

The first tenants are due to move in week commencing 11 January. The dementia friendly environment has onsite care 24 hours a day and tenants have their own apartment and own front door. Frickley Mews can provide an alternative choice to residential care.

Eligible tenants will be from Wakefield District and over 50 with a need for care and support as assessed by Wakefield Council. Both self-funders and those in receipt of benefits may be eligible.

Amanda Garrard, Group Director of Neighbourhoods at Together Housing, said, "We are extremely pleased to offer extra care housing at Frickley Mews. Chevin Housing is committed to providing high quality housing for older people who have an assessed need for care and support. Our vision is to offer the district's aging population a housing option that meets a variety of needs and offers outstanding service and facilities.

"Frickley Mews offers independent living and a community lifestyle, with the peace of mind for tenants and their families that help is close at hand from the onsite care and support team."

Wates Living Space has constructed the state-of-the-art building which has been funded by Wakefield Council, Chevin Housing and the Regional Growth Fund. Award-winning Stanbridge interior designers have fitted out the building to the highest standards. Throughout the construction process, the scheme has protected over 350 jobs and created 13 apprenticeships. Frickley Mews will continue to offer job opportunities for local people in the provision of housing management and care services.

If you would like more information about Frickley Mews, please contact Wakefield Council on 0345 8 503 503.