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  • HRH the Earl of Wessex KG KCVO Opens Retirement Village in Oxfordshire

HRH the Earl of Wessex KG KCVO Opens Retirement Village in Oxfordshire

28 June 2010

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG KCVO has today (24th June) opened Richmond Letcombe Regis, a new £60 million retirement village near Wantage, Oxfordshire.

The retirement village, built and operated by Richmond Villages, part of the Barchester Healthcare Group, is the only development of its type in Oxfordshire; it offers a variety of new homes, excellent levels of care, services and facilities for the over 55s.  The age range of those already living in the recently completed new village is currently from 60 to 100 years.

Richmond Letcombe Regis already employs around 50 people which will increase to nearer 100 when fully occupied, and includes a wellness spa with a swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon; a restaurant, café, IT and crafts room, library and a bowling green.  Landscaped grounds include lakeside gardens and a nature reserve. 

Accommodation available to purchase includes Independent Living Apartments which are ideal for those who can live independently, but like the idea of being in a safe and sociable community where care and assistance are close at hand if needed.  These large apartments have a kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms, with an en suite to the main bedroom.  The Assisted Living Apartments are designed for those who still want their own front door but who require some help with daily living; these include a spacious living room, kitchenette, one or two bedrooms and an en suite shower-room.

The company’s own on-site domiciliary care team provides as much or as little help as is needed 24 hours a day.

The Care Home at the heart of the village provides 24-hour nursing and dementia care.  These large, beautifully furnished rooms go well beyond what many expect a care bedroom to look like, with exceptional features including a fully profiling bed and an easily accessible en suite with a wet room shower facility.  The care home provides long and short-stay care, rehabilitation, post-operative and palliative care as well as specialist dementia care within a dedicated Memory Lane community.  Each resident has a named carer who oversees their personal needs and encourages participation in daily activities within the village wherever suitable.

Friends and family can stay overnight in guest suites, enjoy dinner in the restaurant and even take a swim in the pool.

Paddy Brice, managing director at Richmond Villages, said:  “We are most grateful to His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex for making this a very special day for everyone at Richmond Letcombe Regis.”

The new retirement village has been warmly welcomed by the local community, which can join in with activities and share its superb facilities.

The convenient location near Wantage, just ten miles north of junction 14 on the M4, makes the village easily accessible for those living near Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and West London.  Currently, 40 people have moved into the new village.

Independent living apartments are priced from £295,000, assisted living apartments are from £240,000, and care bedrooms from £850 per week.  Telephone 01235 773970 or visit www.richmond-villages.com.  Richmond Letcombe Regis, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9RG.