Parkland View, Derby City Council’s Extra Care scheme, has won a Gold Award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2019. The scheme is one of just 300 to have won a top prize out of almost 25,000 retirement housing schemes and developments nationwide. The awards celebrate the best in specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life.
Parkland View is managed by Derby Homes and is made up of 82, riverside apartments for older people that are a mixture of rented and part-owned flats. An onsite care team offers flexible, personal care and residents can choose how much or how little support they require to best maximise their health, wellbeing and independence. Where needs change over time, they are able to remain in their own homes, and have services tailored around them.
Parkland’s focus is around building a community and there are a number of communal areas for residents to meet and socialise, including a lounge, hobby room, restaurant, wellbeing room, shop and reception area, creating a village-like atmosphere for older people.
John Galvin, EAC’s Chief Executive, explained the importance of the awards:
“Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”
Gaynor Sladen, Parkland View Manager, said:
“We’re thrilled to have won this award as it means that staff, residents and visitors are really happy with the scheme. I want to say thank you to everyone who voted for us, and thank you to the staff at Parkland for all their hard work.”
Leanne Fletcher is a Parklands View Care Manager for Derbyshire Care Services. Discussing the partnership with Derby Homes, she said:
“It is a pleasure working alongside Derby Homes and we congratulate them for their fantastic achievement. As the care provider at Parkland View, we provide 24 hour onsite care and support to all residents. This award highlights the importance of great partnership working and is fully deserved by all concerned.”