A retired amusement arcade manager from Walton is slotting in amongst familiar surroundings as one of the first residents at Beaumont House, a new Independent Living housing scheme for local people aged 55 or over with a care need.
Seventy-two-year-old Michael Hayes’ new home has been built on the site of his former employer, Martello Caravan Park, where he managed the amusement arcade for eight years before retiring aged 66 in 2011.
Mr Hayes was one of the very first residents at Beaumont House – which is managed by Season – when it opened its doors for the first time in July 2017.
He said: “When I worked at the arcades, if you’d said to me I’d be back here, living in a wonderful place like this, I’d have just laughed. I wouldn’t have believed it.
“It was an easy decision to come. My favourite thing here is my apartment itself, which is marvellous, and the outlook from my balcony where I can see across to Harwich. I’ve already made friends with a few people; it’s good to be back meeting people again.”
Mr Hayes first moved to Tendring in 1997. He also managed the amusement arcade at Walton Pier for 12 years. Before moving to Beaumont House he lived alone in a studio flat.
General Manager at Beaumont House, Kerry Ansley, said:
“Beaumont House offers local people like Mr Hayes the opportunity to continue to live their life, their way, with the security of 24 hour care and support. We offer flexible care and support, preserving independence and quality of life while guaranteeing peace of mind for residents and their families.”
The former Martello Caravan Park shut its doors for the final time in December 2014.
Beaumont House, which was part-funded by Essex County Council and Tendring District Council, offers 60 self-contained Independent Living apartments designed to meet local people’s changing needs in later life.
Independent Living housing is sometimes referred to as Assisted Living or Extra Care. It is seen as a positive alternative to residential care homes for people who can continue to live independently in later life.
Each stylish apartment has one or two bedrooms, living area, kitchen, adapted bathroom and balcony or terrace. Beaumont House also offers shared facilities including a dining room, mobility scooter store and garden.
It was developed by social housing developer Ashley House and is managed by Season, part of One Housing.
To apply to rent an apartment an individual must be a resident in the Tendring District Council area, or have a local connection, be aged 55 or over and have a care need of at least six hours per week.
Weekly rent is £195.86 for a one bedroom apartment or £217.16 for a two bedroom apartment. Find out more about prices at independentessex.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost/.
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