New £11.6m care centre opens

Councillors and housing chiefs celebrate the opening of Frickley Mews.
Councillors and housing chiefs celebrate the opening of Frickley Mews.

Residents and staff at a new £11.6m extra care housing scheme have celebrated its official opening.

Frickley Mews in South Elmsall is helping to meet the housing, health and social care needs of older people and those living with dementia in Wakefield.

The 67 apartments are designed for people over 50-years-old with assessed-care needs and those living with dementia. The on-site care team provides round the clock services tailored to individuals’ requirements.

The aim is to enable residents to live independently for as long as possible, with reduced need for large care packages.

Frickley Mews is an alternative choice to traditional residential care by offering independent living with care.

The development offers stylish self-contained apartments, a restaurant, a lounge for socialising, an activity room and a hairdressers and beauty suite. Facilities are also open to the community.

The project has been funded by Chevin Housing, part of the Together Housing Group, Wakefield Council and the Regional Growth Fund, and has been delivered by Wates Living Space Homes.

Sue Lewis, Head of supported housing at Together Housing said: “The scheme provides invaluable housing with care for older people in Wakefield. Having your own home with the care that you need to help maintain your independence is so important.

Council leader Peter Box said: “Frickley Mews provides a safe and supported environment where people can live independently for longer which offers themmore choice about the social care they receive.”