New extra care scheme opens its doors

Notting Hill Housing have launched vital extra care services in Lewisham helping older residents stay healthier for longer, remain close to their families and live independently in their own home.

Hazelhurst Court, which welcomed its first residents this month, has been developed by Phoenix Community Housing with funding contributions from the GLA and Lewisham Council.

Located in Beckenham Hill Road, Catford, the scheme will provide 60 self-contained apartments specifically designed for older people.

Notting Hill Housing, who were this year awarded an “Outstanding” rating by the Care Quality Commission for extra care provision, have been selected by Lewisham, following competitive tender, to provide 500 hours of care per week at Hazelhurst Court.

While everyone living at Hazelhurst will benefit from the 24-hour on-site care team, a third of customers will not have particular care needs. The other 40 customers will receive individualised tailored packages of care which aim to maximise each person’s independence.

Linda Strong, Assistant Director of Notting Hill Pathways – the care and support arm of NHH – said: “We are excited to have been chosen to provide these care services at Hazelhurst Court. It is so important to ensure people can lead an active and full later life while living independently in their own homes. 

“We are very excited to be working with Phoenix and Lewisham Council, and getting to know the first residents who have moved in.”

Councillor Chris Best, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People at Lewisham Council, said: “As the population of older people in Lewisham continues to rise, so too does the need for high quality care and support services.

"Notting Hill Housing has a strong track record in providing excellent levels of care and support which will now benefit Hazelhurst Court’s residents.

We look forward to working with them and Phoenix Community Housing in the years to come.”

Phoenix Community Housing’s Chief Executive, Jim Ripley, said: “Hazelhurst Court is our first residential development and we wanted to focus on providing good quality homes for older people. There’s a real need for this kind of housing in the south of Lewisham.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Notting Hill Housing to enable older people to enjoy a great home within their community, and with the comfort that the care they need is on hand.”