Brio Retirement Living has announced it will open three developments across the UK as ‘Warm Hubs’ this winter – helping local people in need of warmth or companionship.
Warm Hubs aim to support local people who may be at risk of fuel poverty or may be feeling lonely or isolated. A Warm Hub can be any community building and will provide a warm and friendly environment for people to socialise over refreshments and take part in activities.
Brio will open doors during set days and times from 1st November 2022 at its Beechwood Park development in the Cotswolds, Button House in Hackbridge, South London, and its development in Aberdeen known as Landale Court. Each of the communities will invite local people over 65 to come inside and stay warm as well as providing information on heating their own homes more efficiently and other local support services.
Places for People’s Karl Hallows is Director of Operations at Brio and said: “People across the country – in particular older people – are facing high fuel bills and the prospect of not being able to stay warm. It’s a dreadful position to be in and we want to help as many people as we can in and around our Brio communities.
"We want to offer respite and ensure this demographic has somewhere that’s not only safe and warm, but somewhere in which they can socialise and enjoy their time."
“There is much to feel sad about in the world right now and we want to counter that with this positive initiative; we will host events and other activities at our developments too, helping give people things to look forward to in the coming months.”
Brio has created three neighbourhoods to date, creating well-designed communities that offer customers over the age of 65 a healthier, happier lifestyle. Amenities onsite include landscaped gardens, communal areas and the Slate & Grain restaurant, bar and coffee lounge – the venue of each Warm Hub.
The company offers modern retirement that is attainable for all. Homes are available to rent, buy or part buy/rent. Each development has staff on hand as well as a range of care and support packages which can be delivered by a local and qualified domiciliary care provider with personal assistants who can help with everything from washing, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, attending medical or other appointments as well as providing management of medication or short-term care during illness or recuperation to palliative care.
Karl concludes: “We have created a well-thought-out provision of amenities that provide customers with a safe and secure environment in which they can live life to the full, and it is our pleasure to extend this out to other older people in each Brio neighbourhood who may need to use our facilities this winter.”