Who can be a resident ?
Most residents are in their seventies or eighties or older. There is no upper age limit, but people below 55 years of age are not usually accepted.
We offer equal and fair access to all, regardless of gender, race, colour or religion. Low income is not of itself a barrier, as housing and other benefits may be utilised.
It is important, though, that new residents are in reasonably good health and active. More specifically, the following criteria are used:
Mobility: Residents should be able to get around the house on their own, at least from their room to the dining-room, using walking aids or a wheelchair if necessary. They should be able to eat unaided.
Continence: Residents should be continent and able to use the toilet unaided.
Physical health: Residents should not be suffering a known, serious illness likely to produce significant debility or special care needs in the foreseeable future.
Mental health: Residents should be alert, capable of making their own decisions and administering their own medication. They should not have unstable mental illness or progressive degenerative disorders.
We can accept new residents who already have a carer: if the same person can remain involved, it eases the transition.
We aim for residents to stay as long as possible. We normally hold reviews annually with each resident and their sponsor to assess how they are coping, and more frequently if there is any marked deterioration in their conditions, or problems. If it seems that the resident is reaching a point where they need more support than the Society and carers can give, we will help the resident and their sponsor to find suitable, alternative accommodation.