The future of independent living with Cheshire Homes

Ann Harding Cheshire Home, Cheshire Home, independent living, wheelchair accessible

While still under construction, this is what the independent-living cottages at Ann Harding Cheshire Home are expected to look like.

For many people with mobility impairments, independent living is a challenge, as it can be daunting to navigate an inaccessible home, to adapt a home to fit your needs, or to access important services. Ann Harding Cheshire Home in Northwold, Johannesburg, provides wheelchair users with a great alternative.

The living centre teamed up with Hardman & Hardman to build wheelchair-accessible cottages that allow residents to be completely independent. A number of options are available, starting from a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage for R1,79 million. This space can be used in whatever way the resident prefers. The second bedroom, for example, can be let or can accommodate a caregiver.

Some of the other designs include a second floor where family members or a caregiver can stay. Here a separate entrance to the second floor is an option that could offer more privacy.

A promising investment

Ann Harding Cheshire Home, Cheshire Home, independent living, wheelchair accessibleAnn Harding Cheshire Home, Cheshire Home, independent living, wheelchair accessible

The interior of the cottages will be open plan to allow a wheelchair user to manoeuvre in the space easily and will feature lowered countertops. Above is an artist’s impression of what it could look like.

While the price tag of nearly R2 million might seem steep, it is an investment. Any person with a disability or a member of their family can purchase such a property at any stage in their lives and stay for as long as they like. Payment is required in cash, but the money is returned along with 25 percent of any profit if the resident moves and sells the property.

In addition, any adaptations to these home increase their value as they will be resold to another person with a disability, as opposed to properties sold to abled-bodied individuals where adaptations can depreciate the value. The lowered countertops found in these independent-living cottages, for instance, won’t add value to a house for people without mobility impairments.

Part of a community

Ann Harding Cheshire Home, Cheshire Home, independent living, wheelchair accessibleAnn Harding Cheshire Home, Cheshire Home, independent living, wheelchair accessible

The cottages will also have parking bays, with the option to include a garage.

Residents of these independent-living cottages also have access to the amenities, as well as some services and events held at Ann Harding Cheshire Home. They can, for example, make use of the swimming pool, visit the café and charity shop on the premises, join the monthly music nights and make use of limited catering services.

Similar to homes in a complex or gated community, the independent-living cottages provide privacy without isolating individuals. There is ample opportunity to socialise. While independent residents are encouraged to organise their own healthcare and caregivers, the centre is open to assist with whatever they require.

Experience independence first-hand

Hardman & Hardman and Ann Harding Cheshire Home are currently constructing the first independent-living cottage, which will serve as a showroom for the official launch later this year. However, buyers are already welcome to enquire by phoning LPB Projects on 082 338 3416 or sending an email to robbielpb@gmail.com.

All photographs are artist’s impressions and may vary from the final design of the home.

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