Retirement village keeps married couple together

Opening of new Extra Care Village Shenley Wood
Opening of new Extra Care Village Shenley Wood

MORE than 200 elderly people will able to take up residence in an all new purpose-build facility in Shenley Wood.

The multi-million pound development, run by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, is the second retirement village in Milton Keynes opened by the charity.

The first 184 apartments at the new centre were opened this week, with a further 116 apartments to be completed before the end of the year.

Each home has its own front door, kitchen, living room, and one or two bedrooms. Many apartments also have their own balcony or patio area.

For one couple, the opening of the new village means they can continue to live together.

Marjorie and Brian Leech from New Bradwell are moving into the facility soon but faced living apart.

Brian, 80, has dementia and Marjorie, 82, has mobility problems after a serious fall two years ago.

But thanks to the Shenley Wood centre, they are able to continue living together.

Marjorie said: “If we hadn’t been able to move, eventually my husband would have had to move into a home because I wouldn’t be able to cope.

“We’ve been married 62 years in November, and I married him for better or worse and in sickness and health. I don’t want us to be separated now. When we move in there, we’ll begin our life again.”

Shenley Wood Village is a partnership between Milton Keynes Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), The Department of Health and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

It follows Lovat Fields Village, which opened in Willen in 2007 and is currently over-subscribed.

ExtraCare’s chief executive, Nick Abbey, said: “Over 1,300 households have registered their interest in our Milton Keynes v-illages – the demand is overwhelming.

“However, we are concerned that there are older people out in the community with care needs who may need support and haven’t heard about the village.

“We have reserved a number of affordable homes for those needing care and still have 18 available. The Charity is keen to help. We need people to come forward.”

Councillor Debbie Brock, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet member for Adult, Older Years and Health, said: “ExtraCare villages in Milton Keynes offer residents support in the choices they can make in maintaining an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.”

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