STAFF at a new care home in Penkridge are looking forward to welcoming their first residents, including 87-year-old Mary Briggs.
Pencric, was officially named by Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, and Janet Johnson, chairman of South Staffordshire Council. The independent living complex provides apartments within a supportive environment for residents aged 55 and above. People living in the scheme benefit from having a dedicated team of staff who can provide support if needed and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.
Mary Briggs said: “In the past two years I’ve had two falls at home. I fractured my back in five places and can’t walk unaided. I’ve been quite happy in the bungalow I’m in now but it’s not walking frame friendly and since my accident I’m not able to get out and about so I’ve found it very lonely.
“I’m looking forward to having more company, more activities going on around me, and the peace of mind of knowing help is available on site".
The £14m scheme has facilities that are open to friends, families and people living in the local community. They include a licensed bar and restaurant along with the hair and beauty salon and gym.
The scheme has been designed and developed by the Housing Plus Group and will be managed by its care and support company Care Plus.
Pencric has been made possible thanks to grant funding from Stafford Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The land was donated by Staffordshire County Council and the new building constructed by developers Kier Construction.
(front) Chairman of South Staffordshire Council, Cllr Janet Johnson with (behind, left to right) Debbie Griffiths (Chief Executive of Housing Plus) Steve Winterflood (Chief Executive of South Staffordshire Council), Jo Grainger (Director of Care and Support) Dr Mary Griffiths (Chair of Housing Plus Group Board) and Jeremy Lefroy MP.