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  • Extra care home named East Midlands development of the year

Extra care home named East Midlands development of the year

"Oak Court is our flagship scheme in pioneering health and housing integration, so we are particularly proud to have achieved recognition from the Chartered Institute of Housing."

Jim Patman, emh group Development Director

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A new extra care home in Blaby, Leicestershire has been named Development of the Year in the East Midlands by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Housing.

Oak Court was designed with a holistic approach to the care services to be delivered and the aspirations of the residents for a modern but tranquil feel. The materials used for the build were sympathetic to this theme, with nature also at the heart of the interior decoration. The 50 new self-contained apartments were completed in March, with the first residents moving in soon after.

The award-winning standard of the scheme was achieved through the strong partnership between Coalville-based social housing and care provider emh group and Whetstone-based builders Westleigh, supported by Blaby District Council and Leicestershire County Council. Additional funding came from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Jim Patman, emh group Development Director, said: “Oak Court is our flagship scheme in pioneering health and housing integration, so we are particularly proud to have achieved recognition from the Chartered Institute of Housing.”

The extra care scheme is intended for people aged 55 and over who need at least three-and-a-half hours of care and support each week, enabling them to live independently in the community. Oak Court also offers a cinema and games room, an arts and craft room, a hairdresser, and communal gardens. A café on the site is open to the general public, as will be a range of community events.

Oak Court also supports the first re-ablement service in Leicestershire, where older people who have been in hospital can spend time at the scheme as part of their recovery before returning home or receiving further treatment.

Councillor Maggie Wright, Portfolio Holder of Community Services at Blaby District Council, said: “I am so proud that Oak Court has won this award. Having such an excellent facility means we are able to cater for people over 55 in the District of Blaby who need support but want to continue living independently.”

Ian Jones, Business Development Director at Westleigh, added: “Oak Court has been an exciting project for all involved, and we are thrilled to see it recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing. This is a landmark building specifically designed to meet the varied needs of older people living in Leicestershire. It will help tackle isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly, and provide independent housing with access to 24-hour on site care. Furthermore, Oak Court has been built using timber frames from our local Westframe factory in Narborough, making it more environmentally friendly, energy efficient and cost effective. We only source wood from certified suppliers and have an environmental agreement with forest managers who plant three trees for every one felled.”

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