Abbeyfield Belfast, a leading not-for-profit provider of supported living for older people who have worked within the local community for over 60 years, has officially announced the opening of Harberton Hall, a high-end 38,750 sq ft luxury facility in south Belfast.
A new concept in elderly supported living, Harberton Hall provides supported sheltered accommodation for older people and is an ideal choice for those who no longer wish to live alone, offering a blend of assistance where required and encouraging residents to embrace their independence into their later life.
The ambitious project took two years to complete and was closely managed by Niki Molloy, chief executive with Abbeyfield Belfast.
“Harberton Hall, like our other four ‘houses’, has been inspired by the Abbeyfield ethos of making time for older people,” she says.
“Our new facility is the direct result of talking to residents and delivering a purpose-built ideal living environment where they can thrive in a supportive and engaging atmosphere.”
The Harberton Hall development is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, modelled closely after the ‘retirement communities’ which are popular on the UK mainland and in America, and marks a step-change in the provision of care for older people. Providing both comfort and security, Harberton Hall boasts 32 one and two bedroomed self-contained apartments, a restaurant, hair salon, reading gallery, arts and crafts room, exercise studio and landscaped gardens and has already secured over 60% occupancy levels.
“Loneliness and isolation are very common problems for older people living in their own homes and this has been exacerbated with the Covid-19 pandemic,” Niki says “Our residents will have the best of both worlds – a fully equipped luxury apartment where they can entertain or just enjoy their privacy, alongside a local community of peers with whom they can engage whenever they wish.
“A chef-prepared meal is served every evening in the restaurant and our in-house staff take care of laundry and cleaning, leaving residents little to do but socialise in our communal areas and indulge in the things they enjoy. We do believe that this kind of facility is the way forward for supported living for older people.”
A funding package of £4m was provided by Barclays, Abbeyfield Belfast’s corporate banking partner, to support the development and the charity’s day-to-day operational requirements.
Louise Tiffney, relationship director, Barclays Corporate Banking in Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Abbeyfield Belfast in the provision of their long-term corporate banking requirements.
Our relationship model, which brings industry expertise, has added value to the Harberton Hall project by exploring the project’s digital potential for both staff and residents, as well as recognising Abbeyfield’s commercial approach combined with a value-based proposition. Harberton Hall is futureproofing the Abbeyfield brand for many years to come.”
For more information on Harberton Hall visit www.harbertonhall.org