Richmond Witney Retirement Village
The one thing I hear most from residents is their social calendar is busier than ever since they moved here!
The forthcoming Richmond Witney Retirement Village promises to provide far more than just a new home
With on-site facilities to rival a 5 star hotel and accommodation to cater for the younger, independent living retirees through to those who require 24-hour nursing care, Richmond Witney will be a facility unlike any other in the area.
With the majority of the first phase of Village Apartments now reserved, they have just launched their Village Suite apartments.
The Suites are close to all the amenities such as the restaurant, activities room, library and Wellness Spa giving you everything you need on your doorstep.
Richmond Villages’ Suites provide more than just a new home – it means enjoying life in a safe, caring and socially active and supportive community.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Assisted Living’ or ‘Extra Care’, all Village Suites come with an all-inclusive services package leaving you more time to do the things you enjoy! To find out more, OX Magazine spoke to Richmond Villages Operations Director, Susie Oakley.
What is Richmond Villages’ philosophy around maintaining independence?
It is a philosophy of care and support services that promotes independence, dignity and wellbeing. It is now firmly established as an alternative to residential care, where people can retain much of their independence in a socially active community.
By purchasing a Village Suite in a Richmond Retirement Village, it’s an ideal combination of having your own front door but with the reassurance that care and support is available on site 24 hours a day.
So, are Village Suites all about promoting independence?
Absolutely! By providing supervision or assistance with activities of daily living, people who are finding it difficult to live independently at home, but do not need the 24 hour care provided by a care home, are able to enjoy prolonged independence in a safe, caring, socially active and supportive environment.
Do people own the Suites?
We are still very much a nation of home owners and the majority of people do prefer to purchase the Suites, meaning they retain equity and reduce outgoings.
What does the all-inclusive package provide?
The package is designed to take away the daily chores and allow people more quality time to enjoy the things that they prefer to do! This means that we prepare all meals, which can be taken either in the restaurant or brought to the Suite, a daily housekeeping service and all laundry. All utility costs are also included within the package.
Is additional help and support available?
Where people require additional help and support, this is arranged by our own domiciliary care agency to meet the individual needs of that person. The advantage with this is that our staff only look after people living at a Richmond Retirement Village meaning those receiving care in their Suite mostly get to see the same carers every day. Should care needs ever increase, then there is also the reassurance of our onsite Care Home providing 24 hour nursing and dementia care.
However, one of the most important parts of life at Richmond Villages is social interaction with like-minded people. Our activity co-ordinators ensure there is a full diary of activities and events, plus having our own full time driver and fleet of vehicles means there are scheduled daily trips to local towns as well as social outings to places of interest.
What kind of social activities can I expect?
We try and make sure there is something for everyone, so the activity team organise activities and events based on residents interests. This hopefully means there is a wide choice with everything from book clubs to bridge, or learning a new skill such as painting or learning to use a computer.
We are also fortunate to have our very own Wellness Spa so residents can simply go for a swim or relax in the Jacuzzi, or take part in one of the many classes such as Tai Chi or aqua aerobics. The one thing I hear most from residents is that their social calendar is busier than ever since they moved here!
To find out more about the Village Suites at Richmond Witney call in to the Sales & Marketing Suite situated at 58 High Street in Witney town centre. The Village Advisers, Mark and Nev, are available Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
They can be contacted on 01993 768658 or visit richmond-villages.com/witney. For those with ipads, then download the free Richmond Witney app from the App Store; simply search Richmond Witney.