New care home encouraging independent living opens in Beverley

Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by KCFM

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A major new £6.75m extra care housing scheme designed to help older and disabled people to live independently has been officially opened in Beverley.

The ambitious development features 40 self-contained two-bedroom apartments available to tenants at an affordable rent.

Councillor Richard Harrap, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Portfolio Holder for Adult and Carer Services, said: “With an ageing population living in the East Riding, investment in this type of supported affordable housing is vital and will undoubtedly make a real difference to the lives of residents while helping to reduce the pressures often experienced by those caring for a loved one.”

A 24/7 care team is based on-site, providing around-the-clock care and support to residents who also benefit from communal facilities, including a lounge, laundry, assisted bathing, treatment room and hobby/meeting room.

The scheme has been called Rita Hunt Court after the late Rita Hunt, who was a strong advocate for extra care housing and promoting independent living for older and disabled adults in the East Riding.

A trust fund has been set up by Rita’s family to support social activities for residents living at the scheme.

David and Diane Atkinson have been living at Rita Hunt Court with their daughter Sian, who is disabled, since September 2015, a move which they have described as a “godsend.”

Diane says: “It is everything we could have wished for and more twice over. When you have a disabled child you can feel lonely but here we are never lonely. Sian absolutely loves it here too.”

Barbara Smithson, 80, and her husband Owen, 79, have also been living at Rita Hunt Court since last September and have praised the “peace of mind” the scheme gives them.


Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by KCFM

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