Close Care - Beauchamp Gardens, Somerset - Advertisement Feature
PUBLISHED: 17:17 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 20 February 2013
Our ageing population is rapidly becoming one of the hottest topics in the corridors of power.
Our ageing population is rapidly becoming one of the hottest topics in the corridors of power. But despite the best intentions of everyone involved, it seems that heated debate, a lack of agreement and policy inertia are as inevitable as the ageing process itself.
However, with Close Care there seems to be an option that gives older people those rare commodities that have so far proved so elusive independence, dignity and control of their lives.
Close Care means living in your own home, but with access to changing levels of care as your needs change over time. In the case of Care Souths Beauchamp Gardens development this means a small number of fully managed mews cottages, bungalows and apartments set in the picturesque grounds of a large Georgian nursing home in the rolling Somerset countryside.
The concept gives residents the freedom and independence of living in their own homes, but the security and peace of mind that comes with having professional care and assistance on their doorstep. Everyone is free to look after themselves and live their own lives, but should any help be needed then professional staff and excellent facilities are on hand 24 hours a day to provide a tailored service.
Sometimes its nice to have some help, even with the chores you can handle, but would rather leave to someone else, such as cleaning, laundry and food. This leaves you free to enjoy your retirement. In the case of Beauchamp House, this could mean enjoying the lovely views, visiting the nearby conservation village of Hatch Beauchamp, or going further
afield to Taunton or Bath. Or perhaps taking part in the events organized by staff in the nursing home next door.
The politicians acknowledge the need to accommodate the ageing population, but that doesnt help those who need a solution now. For those in a position to decide for themselves, Close Care seems to provide the perfect hedge against the uncertainties of the future. The one thing nobody really knows is how long we will live, and what sort of care we and our loved ones will need. With Close Care, we can be sure of maintaining our independence for as long as possible, with a gradual increase in the level of care as needed.
Ultimately this could mean moving across the garden into the nursing home itself, where complete nursing care is available. Of course, its also possible for one half of a partnership to stay in their Close Care property while the other moves into the nursing home. With everyone living in the same community theres continuity of care and a sense of living in the same place, which makes the process of change much easier to deal with.