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And there are financial advantages — if a relative over 65 is living in it then it will be exempt from council tax.‘We have been in the business for 30 years but in the past five years there has been a dramatic increase in demand for these sort of buildings for the elderly to live in,’ says Felix Bolger, managing director of Homelodge, a company that has erected some 200 annexes for elderly clients in recent years.‘What people are finding is that rather than spending £50,000 a year on an old people’s home, for a year or two’s money they can purchase an asset that will be there for good.’There are also benefits for wider society.‘There is a lot of talk about a lack of housing, particularly family-sized houses,’ says Mr Bolger.After spending £13,000 on groundworks to level the site and connect water and electrical supplies, the build was completed in June.‘It’s been great so far,’ says Andy.‘As soon as I get home I go up to the lodge and have a cup of tea and share the news of the day with Mum and we take it in turns to cook tea.’Because there are no steps or stairs, if Kath’s care needs ever change they can be easily catered for.‘I live in a three-bed detached house and we floated the idea that we could modify a room a couple of years ago.‘Last August she came up for a trial period to see how she got on and very early on we formed the idea that perhaps we could build an annexe.‘It was really about Mum taking a decision for her later life and asking “what do I want to do? ” .‘I had always encouraged mum to take ownership of her own circumstances, so it was very much her decision.’The pair initially thought about moving to a property with a granny annexe but the cost of moving and lack of suitable homes put paid to that.They then considered converting Andy’s garage before coming up with the idea of a bespoke building in the garden.‘Mum didn’t just want to live in something that had been dumped in my back garden,’ says Andy.‘I can live my life while he can live his,’ she says.For Andy, 59, who lives in the village of Bardsey to the north of Leeds, the benefit is knowing that his mother is not lonely.‘Where Mum used to live, she belonged to the Women’s Institute but talking to her she said her loneliness was about the day-to-day stuff, eating on her own at night and having no-one to chat to,’ he says.‘When I looked into it I realised that living alone can actually accelerate ageing.

After a month in her new home, Kath Lowe couldn’t be happier.She had lived in the family home in Staffordshire since 1964, staying on even when her husband died more than a decade ago.And while her daughter and two grandchildren lived nearby, they had busy lives and are now moving house themselves.‘Mum used to come and visit quite often and I said if you ever want to live with me in Yorkshire, that option is always on the table,’ says Andy, who is single and works for BUPA.As a result there are concerns that elderly people living alone are becoming increasingly neglected.And in many cases the form this neglect takes is not physical — but emotional.

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