The best of both worlds

Deciding on a retirement home is easier than ever now you no longer have to choose between health care services and independence

Some 460,000 people in Britain live in care homes. Rather more (550,000) are in sheltered housing. A far smaller but fast-growing number are choosing to rent or buy accommodation that seeks to combine the independence of one with the support structure of the other.

The appeal is obvious. The leap between the two more standard forms of accommodation is huge. Care homes are not only expensive, and currently under some scrutiny, but they can also accelerate a loss of independence. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) allow, indeed encourage, you to retain independence as long as possible, but with the security blanket of a full range of services at hand.

One illustrating their many advantages is Chantry Court in the pleasant Wiltshire market town of Westbury.

It ticks all the boxes for older people (and their anxious families) looking for an option that is secure, designed with reduced mobility in mind, with no worries about maintenance and with a built-in community (if that is what you want) just outside your door.

Added to this, Chantry Court has all the social and leisure facilities that make these such sustainable communities – restaurant, bar, lounge, bridge room, library, hair salon, therapy room, doctor’s surgery and even a cinema… which doubles up as an exercise room. And there’s a spacious guest suite.

Moving from a family home doesn’t have to mean losing precious living space: the four penthouse units are 1200 sq ft each, the two bedroom apartments around 800 sq ft and one bed slightly smaller again. The feel is that of a well-appointed country hotel.

Independent living apartments at Chantry Court are from £195,000 to buy, £146,250 on shared equity or rent from £295/week. Assisted living packages are from £395/week.

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