The future of old age care in Milton Keynes?

MPMC Andrew Pakes Shenley Wood
MPMC Andrew Pakes Shenley Wood
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Prospective MP Andrew Pakes learnt more about the future of old age care this week.

The Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South met staff and residents at the ExtraCare village in Shenley Wood on Monday alongside Loughton councillor Zoe Nolan.

They had a tour of the village and learnt more about how the retirement village model could help provide more options for retired people in future.

The duo also saw the Shenley Wood village choir in action, and toured the gardens and greenhouse. Opened in 2012, the village has already developed into a thriving community with volunteers helping with the running of clubs and facilities.

Mr Pakes said: “Despite being perceived as a young city we have an increasing number of older people in Milton Keynes. It was great to meet residents and to learn more about the excellent care and services available at Shenley Wood. Thanks to John and the team for showing me around.”

Nick Abbey, chief executive of ExtraCare, said: “Milton Keynes has been leading the way in housing for older people with the two retirement villages developed by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust in recent years. I believe they provide a great lifestyle at affordable prices for around 700 people, with the assurance that care is available if and when needed.”