Time for a move?

12 Dec 2018

2019 will mark a new start for a group of people from across the community as they prepare to move into their new home, Jewish Care’s Wohl Court in Hendon.

Your needs change as you get older. I have a three-bedroom and It’s just me. I don’t need all this space any more but what I do need now is to be in an environment where if I need help I have it to hand, that’s the most important thing for me at this stage in my life.” Jean was the first person to pay a deposit to secure an apartment at Wohl Court. She hopes to be moving into her new apartment shortly after her 90th birthday.

The modern development of 32 one-and two-bedroom apartments will provide its tenants, aged 60 plus, with support and care whilst living independently within a secure community environment. As well as access to an onsite support team, there is a multi-purpose communal space including a dining area, laundry room, courtyard and garden.

Wohl Court’s staff team will include a social care co-ordinator who will work alongside tenants to identify and plan activities and outings of interest to them.

When asked about her interest in making new friends and engaging in activities Jean said: “My first focus is to adjust to a new flat, new area and a different way of life. As for the rest I will see what happens. I don’t have expectations, but I am sure I will be pleasantly surprised.”

Jackie and Victor who have been married for 60 years arelooking forward to being part of the new Wohl Court
community. Whilst they are used to cooking for themselves Jackie says they will welcome the opportunity to join others for meals: “It would be nice to join others for Friday night dinners and other meals and feel part of a community. We are shomer Shabbos, it was important to us we were in a Jewish environment and Wohl Court offers us this.”

Jewish Care’s Interim Director, Community Services, Angela Murphy explains: “A move into independent living isn’t just about having a new roof over your head but a new lifestyle. Tenants will have their own apartment, enabling them to retain their independence but with support to hand bringing peace of mind to tenants and their families alike.”

Angela continues: “We have built the bricks and mortar and we hope the new tenants will play a big role in shaping their community. Should they wish they can engage in social activities, meeting new people, eating meals together or visiting new places.”

This new development was largely made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Forever Caring For Others.

To find out more about Independent Living at Jewish Care call 020 8922 2222 or email helpline@jcare.org.