HOUSING group Torus has officially opened its latest extra care housing scheme, The Maples, situated in Kirkby, Merseyside.
The block of 100 apartments on Westland Avenue for people aged 55 and over was officially opened by the organisation’s chair, Graham Burgess, together with chief executive Steve Coffey, and chief operating officer Cath Murray-Howard.
The Maples provides extra care and supported living options, as well as facilities such as a bistro and salon. The intention is for the scheme to work to become a community hub everyone can enjoy, resident or not.
In addition to the extra care homes, 16 supported housing units and 54 new homes, available via Affordable Rent and rent to buy have also been built.
Knowsley Council has funded the inclusion of assistive technology, including a door entry and video call system, enabling residents to video call each other and connect with care staff on-site when required.
The equipment also enables video conferencing with GPs and other external health providers, ensuring resident’s health can be monitored without them having to leave their home.
“The Maples is a fantastic addition to extra care facilities available across the borough,” said Councillor Sean Donnelly, the council’s cabinet member for health and social care. “It provides modern, secure and bespoke living options in Kirkby.
“The new development provides greater choice for our residents as well helping them to live independently. The council’s investment in the in-built intercom system provides invaluable reassurance for residents and their families too, knowing that help is there when needed. The Maples is a home for life.
“The Maples also promotes physical and mental wellbeing by offering residents opportunities to socialise, access to group activities, a beautifully landscaped courtyard and amenities such as a Bistro and Salon to connect with friends.”
Torus chief Steve Coffey, added: “One of our driving priorities as a group is to invest into our heartlands – financially and emotionally.
“We want all our tenants to feel safe, comfortable and happy in our homes which is why we invest in more than just bricks and mortar. We support many community projects and initiatives with the people who live in our homes to create sustainable support in the local area that residents can access whenever they need it.
“We want to contribute positively to an area and can already see that The Maples will be a vital asset for the residents who live there and in the wider community itself.”
Main Image: (left to right) Steve Coffey, Torus Group chief executive; Cath Murray-Howard, chief operating officer at Torus; Councillor Sean Donnelly, cabinet member for health and social care, Knowsley council; Helen Williams, head of service for whole life commissioning, adult social care at Knowsley council; and Graham Burgess, chair of Torus board.