New Independent Living to open this year11 Jan 2018
Jewish Care are on track to open their second Independent Living Scheme this year and have opened a register of interest for members of the community who are considering housing with care.
Last year saw the demolition of Jewish Care’s Ella and Ridley Jacobs House and the adjacent former Sam Beckman Day Centre to make way for the organisation’s second Independent Living development – Wohl Court. Whilst the central Hendon site wasn’t suitable for a modern care home facility, with its proximity to the shops in the heart of the Jewish Community, it is an ideal site for self-contained apartments for older people. The new development will contain 32 one and two-bedroom apartments (16 one and 16 two bedroom apartments) for older people in the community who want to live independently within a secure community with care and support to hand.
(An artists impression of how a living room may look at Wohl Court)
The apartments will be available to rent with first tenants expected to move in at the end of 2018. Rents will be in line with local market rents. There will also be some ‘affordable housing’ flats available for people in receipt of state benefits .
There is and always has been a long waiting list for Jewish Care’s first and only Independent Living development, Selig Court in Golders Green. Housing with care is a new but in demand offering. In a recent Jewish community survey 40% of the respondents who were 65+ said their care preference was for independent living with access to care and support.
With the Hendon scheme set to open its doors later in the year, shortly followed by Independent Living in Stanmore and plans afoot for Redbridge, Jewish Care are responding to the needs and aspirations of the community.
As with all of Jewish Care’s capital projects, there is no funding available from the government. The cost of this development is £12million and has been possible thanks to a generous donation from the Wohl Foundation alongside a bank loan.
Jewish Care Chief Executive, Simon Morris commented;
“I am delighted with the progress we are making on this development, which forms part of our building for the future strategy. My visit to the site this week brought home an excitement that come the end of the year we will have our second much needed Independent Living Scheme open. The demand for independent living is growing. Hendon Wohl Court will help us meet the high demand from the community for this new model of housing and care. As we have experienced in Golders Green waiting lists for these apartments can grow quickly. We have 32 new apartments available from the end of the year, if you or a family member is interested in Hendon Wohl Court do get in contact with us sooner rather than later”.
To join the register of interest or to find out more about Wohl Court contact Jewish Care’s helpline on 020 8922 2222 or email email@example.com.
(An artisits impression of how a bedroom may look at Wohl Court)