Members of the Eastfield community celebrated the opening of a newly refurbished older persons’ housing scheme on Friday 16 June with a stirring rendition of “Oh When the Saints” led by St Gregory’s Primary School Choir.
The event celebrated a £1.75M refurbishment at Eleonore House, a local authority owned older persons housing scheme. The 50 strong children’s choir were joined by MP Michael Ellis, councillors, and representatives from Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) in officially welcoming residents and their families to the new-look older persons’ housing scheme.
Eleonore House, which is managed by Northampton Partnership Homes, was built in 1990 and refurbished in 2016 by Kier. All facilities have been improved and modernised specifically for older people. This includes level access shower facilities in all apartments, a welcoming reception area, ICT suite and residents lounge. The building now includes six additional apartments including 4 apartments for people with limited accessibility.
MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis officially reopened Eleonore House on the day and spoke about the need for older people’s housing in the area:
“Housing for the elderly is an important issue for me and my constituents and I am pleased to have been able to work with Northampton Partnership Homes at Eleonore House to address this issue. The new facilities look excellent.”
One of Eleonore House’s oldest residents Violet, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, told us that “living at Eleonore House is lovely and “the staff are really helpful.”
Michael, a resident who recently moved into one of Eleonore House’s accessible apartments said: “Living here has made my life so much easier than before, now I can zip around my flat in my wheelchair.”
At the event David Latham, the Chair of NPH’s Board addressed the audience with a speech on the “growing and changing need for older persons’ accommodation”.
NPH’s plans for developing further housing for older people include 45 newly built one bedroom apartments on the former site of Lakeview House Care Home. On this, Mr Latham said:
“This day is a significant milestone as Eleonore House is the first scheme to be completed since our older persons’ housing strategy was approved by the NPH Board. We are excited about the future, especially the plans for a brand new older persons’ housing scheme on the Lakeview site, which will provide 45 further apartments for older people.”