Housing scheme welcomes first tenants

NEW HOME The Meadow Green complex. (d316a345)
NEW HOME The Meadow Green complex. (d316a345)

An extra care housing scheme that has been a year in the making is finally finished

and has welcomed its first tenants.

Meadow Green, in Dale Lane, Heckmondwike, offers flats with extra support for people aged over 50, and includes Meadow Green Lodge, which is a separate scheme of 10 flats providing specialist support to people with dementia.

New tenant Janet Barraclough, 53, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981.

She said her condition had deteriorated over the years, and could get worse, but she remains cheerful and upbeat. She is totally dependent on her family and care workers for support.

She said her biggest fear was ending up in a nursing home and is determined to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

She said: “Knowing that my new home will cater for not only my medical needs but also my social needs will be fantastic.

“I can enjoy the garden without having to maintain it and spend as much or as little time as I want with my new friends.”

Tenant Donald Pearson has sensory polyneuropathy, a rare neurological condition which affects his nerve endings, especially in his hands.

He said he had surgery early this year to try and alleviate the extreme pain he was experiencing.

The council’s re-ablement team helped him make a good recovery, but he had not regained the level of independence he would like to have.

He said: “I’m looking forward to being part of a community and being able to socialise with other tenants. I’m looking forward to enjoying meal times again.”

The complex is the second of the three extra care housing schemes built by Kirklees Council.

Communal facilities include a lounge, activity room, therapy suite, hairdressing salon, landscaped garden and restaurant. Some of the scheme’s facilities are open to the public.

Coun Molly Walton, joint Cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The new extra care housing schemes are among the most important builds ever commissioned by the council to meet local housing and social care needs.

“I’m looking forward to hearing about how people are settling in. I hope they will be very happy in their new home.”