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Cliff Cook – founder and principal shareholder of LifeCare Residences – has donated NZ $5 million to Auckland University in New Zealand, in honour of his late mother’s memory.
The gift will benefit their Faculty of Medical & Health Science, funding the new role of a chair of ‘Ageing Well’ research.
Following a rigorous due diligence process, Cook said “The University was the best place to donate, in remembrance of Joyce who fought for equal work rights and pay for care workers.” During her career, she was both a nurse and later the chairwoman of the Residential Care Association. “This donation would appeal to Mum. I think she would see this as worthwhile.”
Nigel Sibley, Chief Executive of LifeCare Residences, comments “We are proud to have an owner who demonstrates his personal commitment to the betterment of later life. Both through the retirement villages that the company develops and operates in the UK and NZ, as well as through this philanthropic funding of academic research to improve health and well-being in later life.”
As a special spring offer we would like to provide assistance with the cost of moving to your new home at Grove Place, for any reservation between 24th April – 31st May 2018.
We understand moving home can be a stressful process, which is why we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible.
To ease you into your life at Grove Place, we will pay your removal costs & legal fees relating to your move. Please ask for full details from the Sales Manager*. With all of this taken care of, you can focus on settling into our refined retirement community.
Chief Executive, Nigel Sibley, was delighted to welcome John Collyns (Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association of NZ) to Battersea Place on Friday 20 April, 2018.
John was in London, coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, to talk to the UK retirement community industry and share the success of the New Zealand market with his counterparts. LifeCare Residences is the only New Zealand-based operator to have expanded its operations to the UK, so Nigel was proud to showcase Battersea Place to John.
Nigel commented “It is inspiring to talk with John and be reminded of the amazing success that retirement villages have had in New Zealand, and to learn from this to help the sector to grow in the UK, particularly by influencing public attitudes and government policy.”
Earlier in the month a study group from SAGE (Studying and Advancing Global Eldercare) with delegates from the retirement village industries in Canada, Australia and New Zealand visited Battersea Place. The delegates, who have a wealth of experience, heaped praise on Battersea Place which they highlighted as “one of the most impressive facilities worldwide”.
LifeCare Residences shortlisted for the 2018 RESI Awards for ‘Retirement Living Operator of the Year’.
The RESI Awards, organised by Property Week, celebrated the residential property market and its successes of the past year at Grosvenor House. Competing against a record number of entries, LifeCare Residences was shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Retirement Living Operator of the Year 2018′ of which we are very proud.
Nigel Sibley, LifeCare Residences’ Chief Executive, comments: “We are thrilled that our pioneering approach to retirement living has been recognised by this award nomination. It’s a fantastic acknowledgment of the dedicated teams who work within our villages.”
If you are downsizing, this will inevitably mean having a good rummage through some of your old stuff. There are going to be items that tug at the heartstrings and summon up feelings of nostalgia.
However, according to Nigel Sibley – CEO of LifeCare Residences – “Downsizing presents the perfect opportunity to clear out the clutter and make a fresh start; to do away with unwanted furniture and unnecessary objects and to pass on prized possessions to loved ones”.
Source: West Essex Life
LifeCare Residences (LCR) recently appointed Chris Dunning in the new role of Director of Construction. Chris’s appointment comes at an exciting time in the company’s growth, and signals LCR’s commitment to delivering the finest quality retirement communities for both existing and future residents.
Chris brings over 25 years’ experience in construction which includes consultancy and project delivery across a variety of industry sectors. He specialises in all aspects of project and stakeholder management, project monitoring, development monitoring, commercial fit-out and refurbishment of large scale development work. Chris previously worked as a Director for Macegreen where he spearheaded the London Project management team and consulting divisions. Previous experience includes working for GVA, Grosvenor Estates and Berkeley Group.
Chris will be instrumental in the development of LCR’s latest retirement site, Gondar Gardens, and a new nursing home (currently in planning) for LCR’s Grove Place community in Hampshire.
Daniel Perfect, Development Director of LCR, comments: “Chris brings a wealth of experience in delivering high-end residential developments across London and the South East and we are delighted to have him as part of the team, particularly as we seek to create a stronger foothold in the Capital.”
Carolyn Henderson has been appointed General Manager of Battersea Place retirement village. Carolyn’s role will focus on ensuring a first-rate level of service for all residents, and maintaining and enhancing the company’s person-centred approach to care.
Carolyn joins from The Royal Over-Seas League, a private members’ club in Mayfair, London and Edinburgh, where she was Director of Operations.
“I’m delighted to be joining this thriving company, which has such an exceptional track record for innovation and ambition for the future, and to be getting to know all of the Battersea Place residents.”
Prior to joining the Royal Over-Seas League, Carolyn served as General Manager of Warren House – a wedding, conference and event venue in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Carolyn also has over a decade of experience working across the hospitality sector, including a period at the iconic Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire.
LifeCare Residences is delighted to have acquired the site at Gondar Gardens, which we hope will enable us to deliver our pioneering care product to the older people of West Hampstead and surrounding areas.
There is currently no provision of private accommodation of this type within Camden; the LifeCare Residences model seeks to take an integrated approach to lifestyle, healthcare and support services within an environment which is aspirational to local people when considering their personal care needs in later life.
Integral care facilities will be provided across the community and within the onsite nursing units.
Logs on the fire, decorations all around… Scent of pine cones and cinnamon filled the air… Christmas carols being sung…
This was the scene greeting the residents of Battersea Place Retirement Village when they arrived at the lounge for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Monday the 4th of December.
Residents were greeted with glasses of homemade mulled wine and mulled apple juice and mini mince pies.
After some carol singing by all, the countdown began and with a flick of the switch, the courtyard Christmas Tree came to life. A lovely way for the community to bring in the festive season…
My life has carried on much the same as in my previous home. I still go out every morning to pick up the paper, stretch my legs and do my shopping; my apartment’s only three minutes from the bus stop that takes me up to the King’s Road. It’s also a great launch pad for me to travel too; next on my list: Morocco and the Far East.
Whilst living here, I have learnt how to cook. When my wife, Janet, was alive I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen because she said I’d make too much mess. Recently, I cooked supper for my daughter and by the end of the evening I realised my wife was right – I’d used every pan.
Moving to Battersea Place, there was no need to downsize – my square footage actually increased. I was able to set up my office in my living room and also had space for my double-deck dishwasher and wine fridge, that keeps both red wine and white wine at correct temperature, at the same time.
This place is ideal for entertaining; I’ve had lots of dinner parties already. Usually, I like to invite my friends up for pre-dinner drinks and then we go down to the restaurant and the chef prepares us an excellent supper. Then it’s back to my apartment for coffee on the terrace – overlooking Battersea Park. My daughter often walks her dog there when she visits.
I have everything I need here; the same doctor, the same church, even the same cleaner – there’s no insistence on using the staff. I’m yet to see the care suites as I was playing golf that day, but it’s good to know they are there – just in case. I know my daughter loves that I’m being looked out for, and looked after.