Independent living apartments ready to be older people the homes they want

A development of 35 apartments has been completed by the council, offering older residents high-quality apartments where they can live independently and well.
Opening Lincoln Court is the latest phase of City of York Council’s Older Persons Accommodation Programme and the apartments are available for new and returning tenants. The council will be operating a local lettings system which will enable tenants in the west of the city to downsize into these bright modern homes. The £3.4 million project offers 15 new build and 20 completely refurbished one-bedroomed apartments.

All the generously-sized homes are available for social rent by eligible people aged 60 and over or who have a specific need for this type of accommodation. This is the council’s first independent living community extension designed specifically to meet the needs of wheelchair users.

The development has a large communal lounge, meeting rooms and a salon which people living in or outside the scheme can use, and it has a communal kitchen where residents can prepare meals and enjoy them in company if they choose. A new guest suite for visiting family and friends of tenants will help maintain family links. All of these facilities will be available along with a range of social activities once restrictions on their use and socialising in groups are lifted.

Facilities include two on-site laundries and a buggy store, there is a good choice of shops, cafes, health facilities and parks nearby. Lincoln Court’s newly landscaped gardens are next to the open spaces of historic Hob Moor nature reserve which is overlooked by the new balconies on the first and second floors.

Cllr Denise Craghill Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “Having consulted former tenants, a full refurbishment and re-roofing of the existing properties has been completed alongside a new heating system, rewiring, new kitchens and bathrooms.

“The new communal heating system includes thermostatically-controlled, low surface temperature radiators along with new double glazed windows and photovoltaic cells on the roof which will reduce communal utility costs and improve tenants’ comfort.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We have listened to what older people have told us and this refurbishment and the newly built accommodation will allow tenants to stay within their chosen community, which is clearly what they prefer to do.

“Combined with a high-quality build, tenants can enjoy living independently, confident in the surroundings that they know and with support to hand should they need it. I’m delighted with the project.”

The apartments can be bid for via North Yorkshire Home Choice at www.northyorkshirehomechoice.org.uk/.

You can find out more about independent living with City of York Council at www.york.gov.uk/IndependentLiving

Please contact one of our friendly advisers for more information by email at ILCextracare@york.gov.uk or phone at 01904 554095.