Revamp finished at sheltered housing

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Elderly residents of a sheltered housing scheme in Blackpool will be relaxing in brighter surroundings thanks to the completion of a major revamp.

Work at the Abbeyfield Blackpool Society’s home in Harrowside, South Shore, means there is now a bigger lounge and dining room for residents, while the upstairs and downstairs have been fully refurbished along with all the communal parts of the house.

Each resident has their own room with full en-suite shower room and is provided with their breakfast and two main meals each day prepared by the resident house manager. A programme of renovation and refurbishment began a few years ago as vacancies have allowed.

At all stages the residents were consulted and approved the final designs. A spokesman said bosses were “pleased” with the home’s new look, adding: “The programme of work took some six weeks during which the residents and house staff endured considerable disruption with understanding and good humour.

“We are proud to announce that the programme has been well and truly successfully completed.”

The society has been providing sheltered accommodation for the elderly since 1962.

It was set up following the inspiration of ex-Army officer Richard Carr-Gomm who was so upset by the loneliness of elderly people in London that he bought a house in 1956 in South London and established the first of a network of Abbeyfield Houses throughout the UK.

The Blackpool society also has another house on Norbreck Road, North Shore.

The homes allow retired people to maintain their independence while at the same time enjoying living in a small supported community.