News Shopper 16 February 2022

New lease of life

Downsizing in retirement can prove particularly daunting for retirees, who sometimes fear having to trade their former home for an unfamiliar, impersonal environment. Birchgrove, the specialist developer of retirement properties, provides high quality self-contained assisted living apartments in purpose-built developments. With communities located in Kent and Surrey.

All Birchgrove residents are able to 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, whose mother moved into Birchgrove’s first development Queensgate Apartments, in Sidcup, Kent.

Residents have access to exclusive onsite amenities such as a restaurant, a Club Room, exercise studio, snug bar, activity room and landscaped gardens. All communal areas are carefully designed to promote socialising between residents and provide a homely, comfortable environment in which they can feel instantly at home.

Events, hobby groups and special interest clubs are 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 Mum a whole new lease of life.”

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Unlike most other assisted living developments, Birchgrove offers the benefits of independent living, whilst removing the complications of home ownership. All apartments are built specifically for people in later life to allow residents to live more comfortably, with large doors and corridors for wheelchair access; waist height appliances in the fully fitted kitchens. The modern bathrooms come with en-suite walk-in showers that are equipped with simple to use switches, taps and plugs.

The homes are also pet-friendly, and amenities such as car parking spaces and an onsite guest suite for friends and family allow residents to retain their independence.

For those needing a little extra assistance, tailored care support is offered through its homecare partners, who have been carefully selected due for their commitment to providing high quality care and support.

There is a Birchgrove retirement community at:

Queensgate Apartments, Sidcup
Built on the former maternity ward of the Queen Mary's Hospital, Queensgate Apartments is home to a spirited community of like-minded individuals who tell us they are living their best life yet. This popular community has limited availability for those looking for generous sized apartments for their next move.

Woodbank Apartments in Hook Heath, Woking
Offering 51, 1 and 2 bed apartments, each individually designed to maximise space and light. Woodbank Apartments has been finished to a high standard and the apartments are distinctively elegant. Limited 1 beds available.

Lower Mill Apartments in Ewell Village, Ewell
Due to open in spring 2022, Lower Mill Apartments provides 53 self-contained apartments are unique, both inside and out. Early-bird reservations are already taking place and there’s more choice for those quick off their toes.

If you would like to find out more about living at a Birchgrove community contact the team who will happily talk through the options and tailor something that works to support your individual needs.