Our management businesses, and service charges, reflect the expectations of our Customers and the Landlord (McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles) and the range of services required under the terms of the lease. For example, we employ staff on each development, tender for all work with independent service providers and don’t take any commission or receive retrospective rebates.
In our Retirement Living schemes, the service charge covers a range of services provided for homeowners, such as:
- House Manager
- 24 hour emergency call system
- intruder alarm costs
- camera door entry system
- buildings insurance
- laundry facilities
- water rates
- sewerage rates
- window cleaning for external windows
- heating of the communal areas
We believe the charge provides good value for money. We do not provide any of these services ourselves, with the exception of the House Manager, who is employed by us. At some of our most recent developments, the service charge also includes the cost of heating within the apartments.
In our Assisted Living schemes, in addition to the items set out above, the service charge also includes:
- the running cost of the restaurant (with a small additional cost payable per meal eaten in the restaurant, which is typically £3.80 for a three-course meal prepared on-site)
- one-hour of domestic support per week from our care team
Our team, which can total up to 17 people per development, is based on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is registered with the Care Quality Commission in England and its equivalent bodies in Scotland and Wales. Domestic support covers whatever time-consuming chores our homeowners would like undertaken, such as cleaning, shopping, running errands and domestic help. Our homeowners choose how best to use this support.
Additional personal care packages in our Assisted Living developments are totally flexible and can be adapted to suit our Customers’ needs, including help with going to bed and getting up in the morning, a sitting, night sleeping or waking service, preparing breakfast, getting to and from appointments or regular assistance during a period of convalescence. All care and support services in Assisted Living developments can be provided by our on-site care staff.
Homeowners are under no obligation to take care packages from us and can use a third party if preferred. For a list of the additional care and support packages provided in our Assisted Living schemes, please click here.