Staff and residents at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Shaftesbury Court, a residential care home for adults with physical and learning disabilities in Trowbridge, are celebrating after being shortlisted for a major industry award.

Shaftesbury Court, which features 14 en-suite bedrooms and offers 24-hour care and support, was recently fully remodelled and refurbished to better meet the needs of residents, many of whom are wheelchair users. The residential care home has been named as a finalist in the ‘Healthy Homes’ category of the 2021 Inside Housing Development Awards.

Sanctuary’s remodelling works (with consultants KWL Architects and JESP Group and lead contractor Lancer Scott) were so extensive that during the transformation, residents temporarily moved into an alternative care home in Devizes, and they were overjoyed to move back into their newly revamped home in November 2020.

The care home faced tough competition to be shortlisted at the awards, as 2021 saw a record year of over 300 entries. The panel of judges were looking for developments which make a positive contribution to the health of the people who live there, which maximise living space, safety, natural light and air quality, and which provides a home in which people can thrive.

Samantha McCrindle, Local Service Manager for Shaftesbury Court said: “We’re all thrilled that Shaftesbury Court has deservedly made it into the finals of these prestigious housing awards. Residents were involved in its development every step of the way and they’re very pleased with the finished product. They’re proud to call it their home and it’s a happy place where they live more independently than ever imagined.”

Sara Keetley, Operations Director said: “Sanctuary Supported Living is a not-for-profit organisation, so we reinvest any surplus we make back into our services, making them places that residents are proud to call home.

We invested over £2.8million in the remodelling of Shaftesbury Court, as we believe that everyone deserves a home that meets their individual needs, both now and in the longer-term, and which supports their physical and mental wellbeing. We’re delighted to have been named as a finalist in the Inside Housing Development Awards – it’s a wonderful recognition of the hard work of all the teams involved and of the positive difference that the redevelopment will have on the health of the people who live there.”

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