Whiteley Village – A Model for Community Living for Older People
Wed 20th Feb 2019
During this CADR seminar, Dr Alison Armstrong will share information about the unique retirement community, Whiteley Village, with a view to exploring aspects that could benefit other retirement communities and improve well-being within older and vulnerable adult populations.
Whiteley Village has been operating as a charity for over 100 years and is able to provide housing for about 500 people at a time. The current age range is 65-106. Most people living in the village have very limited financial means, in accordance with the charitable purpose of the village. The 225-acre Surrey site contains 262 almshouse cottages, 51 extra care apartments, a care home and a nursing home. There are also 23 resident-run clubs and societies, churches, a hydrotherapy pool, a village hall, bar/restaurant, shop, post office, library, golf course, putting green, and woodland areas. Research published in 2017 showed that residents at Whiteley Village tend to live longer than would be expected based on their socio-economic status, especially for women. This could be related to factors such as safety and security, and community involvement.
The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well was established to collaborate on research projects related to well-being in older age, and to enable us to share our learning on the creation and maintenance of an exceptional community that enables some of the most vulnerable older people to live well.
If you have an interest in retirement community living, supporting older people with limited means, providing care and support into individual homes, or research into well-being in older age, then this seminar will provide insights for you based on over 100 years of our experience.
Dr Alison Armstrong is Director of The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well, and is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey.
The event will be held in the SURF Room at Fulton House, Swansea University from 12-2pm. Light refreshments will be available from 11.45am.