23 May 2019
Downsizing in retirement can prove particularly dauting for retirees, who sometimes fear having to trade their former home for an unfamiliar, impersonal environment. At Birchgrove, a newly opened property development for the over 65s in Sidcup, residents can enjoy their retirement in a homely environment, supported by a friendly and caring community.
“I like the thinking that has gone into Birchgrove, because it’s designed first and foremost as a community of people - not a collection of buildings,” explains Elizabeth Hills, whose mother Rosemary, 90, recently moved into her new home in Birchgrove.
Residents can enjoy exclusive access to onsite amenities such as a restaurant and bar, club room, library, wellbeing and fitness centre, hairdressing and beauty salon. All communal areas were carefully designed to promote socialising between residents and provide a homely, comfortable environment in which they can feel instantly at home.
“I mentioned to Birchgrove that Mum’s grand piano was such an important part of her life as it had belonged to her mother,” Elizabeth explains. “And a minute later, they said they had space for it in the communal area of the restaurant! It doesn’t sound a lot, but to her and us, it meant so much.”
Regular events, hobby groups and trip outs are also regularly organised to promote a happier lifestyle and develop a supportive and friendly community spirit. Elizabeth adds. “Being able to develop new friendships and be part of something bigger has given her a whole new lease of life.”
All apartments at Birchgrove are fully wheelchair accessible, with waist height appliances in the fully fitted kitchens for easy access. The modern bathrooms come with en-suite walk-in showers that are equipped with simple to use switches, taps and plugs.
Residents are entitled to one hour’s domestic support per week, meaning a member of the team will help with chores such as cleaning, cooking, shopping or doing the ironing. A free onsite chauffeur service is also included to help them retain their independence.
For the potential scenario of a resident needing extra care, Birchgrove has teamed up with homecare specialist Alina, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission to offer tailored care solutions, giving residents peace of mind that their home can easily adapt should their support requirements change.
Birchgrove’s Queensgate Apartments in Sidcup offers 74 modern apartments with one, two and three-bedrooms. For more information and to arrange a viewing please visit www.birchgrove.life or contact the team on 020 3929 5599. Those interested in moving to Birchgrove are also invited to visit the show suites to get a first-hand feel of the quality of the homes.