Residents celebrate retirement living scheme’s ‘wow factor’

Residents at The Lodge in Clapham, near Bedford, celebrated the stunning refurbishment of their retirement living scheme on Monday (5 December), enjoying a special lunch with guests including local stakeholders.

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Leading housing association Stonewater’s transformation of the 30-apartment residency in Bedfordshire is part of an ongoing £9m upgrade to its retirement living schemes across the country.

The significant investment will provide Stonewater’s older residents with consistently high-quality environments that meet this discerning group of customers’ expectations.

The refurbishment of The Lodge included creating an open plan kitchen and lounge, with enhanced space and bespoke furniture. All communal areas in the retirement living scheme have been decorated with a high-quality finish, new floors and upgraded lighting. The heating system in communal corridors has been replaced and a new emergency call system installed.

Sue Shirt, Stonewater’s Executive Director of Housing, said, “It was wonderful to spend the morning with residents at The Lodge, celebrating a refurbishment that truly fulfils Stonewater’s long-term vision of creating environments our residents are proud of.

“Housing and services for older adults are a highly important part of Stonewater’s business, and since 2016, we’ve been investing in living environments that not only meet, but exceed, the needs and aspirations of our retirement living customers.”

Sandra Fuller, resident, said, “The refurbishment has made the Lodge look lovely and bright. It used to look like an old peoples home, now it looks more like a hotel.”

John Weguelin, a member of Stonewater’s Board, said: “We would like to recognise the hard work that has been put in to making the transformation of The Lodge a reality.

“The new modern, functional design delivers a real ‘wow factor’; something that is being replicated across Stonewater’s retirement living schemes nationally.”