Oak Tree House blossoms with first birthday

Oak Tree House, an extra care sheltered housing scheme on Dee Park, Reading, will be celebrating its first birthday on the 6 February.  

A year ago many of the residents of Oak Tree House were living in housing that was not appropriate to their needs. Cramped accommodation, restricted wheelchair access and little to no care were just a few of the challenges they faced. Oak Tree House offers care and support for residents with a range of needs – from those who are active and have few or no care needs to those requiring 24 hour care and support. A range of services including a salon, community rooms and café have helped fight the loneliness and isolation that can be felt by older people.

A special party will be held for residents which will include a raffle,  quiz and a buffet, plus a glass or two of fizz.

There has been plenty to celebrate over the last year, highlights have included:

  • in March, the scheme received a royal visit from the Duke of Kent
  • a summer party brought the season to a close
  • the royal theme continued with a Jubilee party in September
  • October saw bonfire night celebrated with a fireworks display

Along with these special events residents enjoy  weekly coffee mornings and welcome others from the community to the Tuesday afternoon club which runs with the help of Age UK.

Muriel Cook, one of the first residents to move into Oak Tree House, said :

“They’ve thought of everything – I can’t praise Oak Tree House enough. The idea of extra care means that I won’t have to go into a nursing home. There are care staff onsite and people are looked after according to their needs.”

Sharon Butchard, sheltered scheme manager said:

“I feel incredibly proud of the community we have created at Oak Tree House. Now that residents have settled into their new homes we will be able to build on the successes of 2012 and make 2013 a truly memorable year for staff and residents.”