Sky’s the limit for sheltered housing residents

Coun Ed Malcolm, Simon Scott, project manager, Coun Allan West, Graham Morgan, divisional director, Esh Property Services, with residents.
Coun Ed Malcolm, Simon Scott, project manager, Coun Allan West, Graham Morgan, divisional director, Esh Property Services, with residents.

Residents of sheltered housing in South Tyneside can now enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of their own homes.

Work has been completed by Esh Property Services on behalf of South Tyneside Homes (STH) to create 18 new light and bright environments.

I think residents will get a lot of enjoyment.

Coun Ed Malcolm,

Five new ‘Sky Rooms’ – first-floor conservatories – and 13 new ground-floor traditional-style conservatories have been built at the sheltered housing homes which enable pensioners to ‘get outdoors’.

Seven specialist sensory gardens, designed to appeal to residents who are suffering memory loss and dementia, have also been created.

Wingrove House, Porlock House, Glenthorpe House, Calf Close House and Hallgarth House are five of the homes that have benefited from work.

Coun Ed Malcolm, chairman of STH’s board, who visited Wingrove House, in Olive Street, South Shields, said: “This additional facility will provide a pleasant sitting area and will help to improve access to the outside for residents with limited mobility.

“I think residents will get a lot of enjoyment from this new area and hopefully it will encourage them to socialise and enjoy warm summer evenings together. It really is a wonderful asset.”

The Sky Rooms have patio doors which lead out onto outside balconies and the ground floor conservatories open out through patio doors on to new decked balconies and sun lounges.