View luxury development for elderly

Families, potential residents and the general public can see what an assisted living scheme in Ponteland has to offer this weekend.

The Royal Hampton development at the former auction mart site in Meadowfield, which is due to take residents from later this month, will provide a luxurious home for 73 people.

It has been designed to enhance residents’ independent lifestyles and provides an extensive choice of communal living. There will be treatment rooms where professional beauticians and therapists can offer spa treatments, manicures, pedicures, massages and facials, plus a hair salon.

The Shakespearean restaurant will be where residents can have their meals, while also booking tables to dine with family and friends.

And the Dickens bistro will have a licensed bar and a la carte menu also for residents and anyone visiting.

In addition, there is a library, with internet cafe, a quiet lounge and a social TV room at the development – which will employ 100 staff.

At the open weekend on Saturday and Sunday, some of the staff will be on hand to show people around and describe its unique features.

Wendy Conn, Crown Care’s managing director of healthcare, said: “The Royal Hampton really will be a care centre with the wow factor.

“Each of the single bedrooms will have en-suite shower rooms, while there will be a number of suites with private lounges and kitchens to help our residents maintain independence.

“We have strong links with a number of local groups to ensure our residents will be very much part of the community.”

It will cater for all categories of care, such as long-term, respite and day care, with a holistic approach toward individuals and their families.

For more details about the development and open weekend, call 0191 2708649 or email