Ely extra-care scheme marks one-year anniversary
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Care and Support and also in Communities
Sir Jim Paice, Millbrook House resident Rita Woods and Lucy Frazer
South East Cambridgeshire MP Sir Jim Paice paid a special visit to a Sanctuary Extra Care Scheme in Soham to meet residents and see the home a year on after its official opening.
Sir Jim and new South East Cambridgeshire Conservative Parliamentary candidate Lucy Frazer were given a tour of Sanctuary’s Millbrook House and the facilities it has to offer.
The 92-bed scheme was officially opened by Sir Jim in early 2013 at a special 1940’s themed event.
During their tour, the pair viewed the facilities at the scheme and met with residents including Rita Woods who showed them around her apartment.
Sir Jim spoke of his delight to see how the scheme was doing a year on. He said: “It has been fantastic to see how far the scheme has come and how much it really feels like a proper home for the residents. The facilities are fantastic and really help to encourage residents to remain independent and prevent them from becoming socially isolated.”
Lucy Frazer, who has recently been confirmed as the Conservative candidate to succeed Sir Jim at the general election, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent such a wonderful community. The communal facilities available to them really help to create a community feel and bring them all together. It has been a great opportunity for me to look around Millbrook and meet some of the residents and I look forward to coming back to visit soon.”
Equipped with facilities including a restaurant, lounge, gym, shop and hair salon, the scheme also has a dedicated on-site care team and a 24-hour emergency response service.
Millbrook House has been specially designed for people over the age of 55 and includes facilities such as a restaurant, lounge, gym, shop, hair salon, landscaped gardens and a roof terrace.