Taking Retirement Living to the next level Life Magazines spoke to Paul Hart, the manager of the new retirement village Emerson Park in Hextable, Kent, to find out more.

LM: Paul, tell us more about this new retirement community for Kent.

PH: This is unlike any other retirement and care development in the area.  The easiest way to describe it is as a retirement village, but even these vary in what they provide. Emerson Park, which is due to open this summer, will include 42 luxury one- and two-bedroom Retirement Apartments, 5 Service Plus Suites providing assisted living and a care home providing nursing, residential and dementia care. But it’s not just about providing wonderful apartments, it’s just as important to provide great facilities and services and this is where Emerson Park really sets itself apart.  We certainly don’t want to be the stereotypical retirement development; my team and I will work hard to ensure this is a fun, social and caring community, within the larger community of the lovely village of Hextable.

LM: So how do you intend achieving this?

PH: We have a dedicated Events & Activities team who will organise a range of social events and functions based around the interests of the people living here. Obviously those living in the care home will have different wishes so we have members of the events team who work exclusively within the care home and then other members of the team who provide events and social functions for those living in the apartments.  This can be anything from trips out to the theatre and walking clubs to film afternoon in the cinema room or yoga in the exercise studio.

LM: Cinema Room and Exercise Studio?  Are these within the development?

PH: I told you it was different to other retirement developments!  Yes, we are very lucky to have some fantastic facilities at Emerson Park. As well as the Cinema Room and Exercise Studio & Gym we also have a Club Room lounge and restaurant, Piano Bar and Hair Studio.  We also have our own transport and driver providing a daily transport schedule.  This could be anything from a trip to the shops to visiting a National Trust property. Again, it will be down to the residents to decide.

LM: You mentioned that you have Retirement Apartments and Service Plus Suites; what’s the difference between these?

PH: Both are properties which are purchased on a 125-year lease.  The Retirement Apartments are generous sized properties which include master bedroom with en-suite shower room, fully fitted kitchen including granite worktop, and a spacious lounge. For those who feel they need a bit more help, Emerson Park offers five one-bedroom Service Plus Suites. These come with practical, discreet support services including a delicious three-course lunch, an hour a week of housekeeping and a laundry service.

LM: It certainly does sound as though Emerson Park will take retirement living to a new level – how do people arrange a visit?

PH: Our Advisers are available Monday to Saturday and visitors are welcome to pop in at any time that suits to view the show apartments.  However, it’s advisable to call in advance to ensure someone is free to show them round.

To find out more please call 01322 515390