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Official opening of The Maples Extra Care facility in Kirkby

Innovative Extra Care Scheme opens in Kirkby

by Gemma Melling

Housing group Torus has officially welcomed new residents to its latest development, The Maples, in Kirkby.

The Maples, on Westhead Avenue, is a block of 100 apartments for people aged 55 and over. Providing much needed Extra Care and supported living options, as well as state-of-the-art facilities such as a bistro and salon, The Maples aims to become a community hub everyone can enjoy, whether they live in the apartments or not.

In addition to the Extra Care homes, 16 supported housing units and 54 new homes, available via Affordable Rent and Rent to Buy have also been built.

Inside The Maples Extra Care facility in Kirkby

Inside The Maples Extra Care facility in Kirkby

The development benefits from the latest assistive technology

Residents at the Maples will have access to intelligent assistive technology, thanks to funding from Knowsley Council. This includes a door entry and video call system, enabling residents to video call each other and connect with care staff on-site when required. The equipment also enables video conferencing with GPs and other external health providers, ensuring resident’s health can be monitored without them having to leave their home.

A fantastic addition to the borough’s Extra Care offering

Commenting on the development, Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The Maples is a fantastic addition to Extra Care facilities available across the borough. It provides modern, secure and bespoke living options in Kirkby.

“The new development provides greater choice for our residents as well helping them to live independently. The council’s investment in the in-built intercom system provides invaluable reassurance for residents and their families too, knowing that help is there when needed.”

Steve Coffey, Chief Executive Officer of Torus, said: “One of our driving priorities as a group is to invest into our heartlands – financially and emotionally.

“We want all our tenants to feel safe, comfortable and happy in our homes which is why we invest in more than just bricks and mortar. We support many community projects and initiatives with the people who live in our homes to create sustainable support in the local area that residents can access whenever they need it.

“We want to contribute positively to an area and can already see that The Maples will be a vital asset for the residents who live there and in the wider community itself.”

Pictured top at The Maples Extra Care facility in Kirkby are (from left to right): Steve Coffey, Torus Group Chief Executive, Cath Murray-Howard, Chief Operating Officer at Torus, Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care Knowsley, Helen Williams, Head of Whole Life Commissioning at Knowsley Council, Graham Burgess, Chair of Torus Board.