Robopets – a step too far in cutting costs of elderly care

11th November 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

Anything which actively stimulates the brain as people start to enter old age has got to be good but the latest suggestions from a study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Centre feel like a step too far. Cost-saving devices, however futuristic they are,…

Read more

Planning restrictions and the effect on retirement developments

2nd November 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

I was fortunate to visit Whiteley Village at Walton on Thames last week which accommodates some 350 residents who live independently in their own homes along with an extra care development of 50 units and nursing facilities for 114. The only criteria for…

Read more

Building retirement village schemes around historic buildings

9th October 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

  The Leicester Mercury carried a story last week about English Heritage’s fight to stop 18th century Scraptoft Hall near Leicester being renovated as part of a multi-million pound retirement village scheme. The national conservation watchdog, according to the report, says the proposal…

Read more

The need for a sustainable assisted living model

30th September 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

In the past 5 years there has been a substantial increase in interest in providing specialist retirement housing with a number of new entrants into the market joining the established providers. Unfortunately, the UK planning system, which typically moves at the speed of…

Read more

Celebrating New Homes Week with a new retirement development

30th September 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

We celebrated New Homes Week with the launch of our brand new retirement development at Mayford Grange near Woking in Surrey. The celebration at Mayford turned into a complete month of activities as we opened the development with a whole host of events,…

Read more

Should the default retirement age be 65?

24th August 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

In March 2009, European Judges confirmed that the UK Government will have to overcome a high hurdle in the UK courts to explain why it’s social or employment policy objectives justify the National Default Retirement Age (updated) and therefore allow forced retirement. This has…

Read more

Retirement villages – What’s in a name

10th August 2009 - By Sarah Burgess

Sharing the same name as the product we sell and manage has its definite benefits – but there can also be some negative moments. Our company has been called Retirement Villages for over 25 years now and for a large proportion of that…

Read more