"I love the community spirit that Adlington Retirement Living offers and the fact that we encourage independent living but were also always there to support our homeowners with anything they need. "
Lesley Tattershall, Adlington Management Services
Lesley Tattershall now leads a team of nine (six duty managers, two housekeepers and a maintenance technician) at Jacobs Gate in Sheffield.
With more than 16 years of experience in health and social care, Lesley is excited about putting her skills to good use in a very different environment with Adlington Management Services.
Lesley said: “I love the community spirit that Adlington Retirement Living offers and the fact that we encourage independent living but we’re also always there to support our homeowners with anything they need. I know how important social interaction and having a sense of belonging can be in later life, so I’m excited to be part of our new community at Jacobs Gate.”
Adlington Retirement Living, which has always designed and built its own schemes, brought the management of its retirement communities in-house with the launch of Adlington Management Services in 2019.
Ed Gladman, Managing Director of Adlington Retirement Living, said: “Our move to manage our own developments is part of our strategy for long term growth. It ensures we can provide a consistently outstanding service to our Homeowners.
“Our communities offer a safe, secure and happy environment with a circle of friends and a sense of belonging. Over the past year that’s been more important than ever. Many of our Homeowners have told us how much it helps to have such a strong sense of community and a friendly management team on site to provide advice, assistance and moral support.”
Lesley added: “We welcomed our first Homeowners to Jacobs Gate at the start of December so we had to quickly adapt to the challenges of lockdown to provide them with as much support as possible. My team have been taking coffee to our Homeowners every morning and having a chat with them, doing bits of shopping if they need anything, collecting prescriptions and helping to arrange their vaccinations.
“Our catering team have been fantastic. Obviously, our on-site restaurant hasn’t been able to open during the lockdown period, so instead we’ve been preparing and delivering freshly cooked lunchtime meals to Homeowners’ front doors and then our team have been delivering afternoon tea and cake to them too. When it was World Book Day, our chef created a special themed menu, which was very popular.
“I think it’s made a huge difference to our Homeowners and it’s also given their families peace of mind. One Homeowner said there’s nowhere he’d rather be.
‘We’re looking forward starting some group activities when it’s safe to do so. Some of our Homeowners have already started knitting squares in their own apartments and once we can come together, we’ll create something that we can auction for charity. When it’s safe, we’re planning to have a cheese and wine party. We’ll also have a celebration for Wimbledon, with strawberries and cream, and we’re hoping to all get a bit dressed up for Ascot.
“All our ideas are based on feedback from our Homeowners on what they would like to do. We’re going to have a gardening club, a jewellery making event, yoga and pilates classes and a pamper day to celebrate when our hairdresser can come back to the on-site hairdressing salon. It’s so nice to have so much to look forward to.”
Adlington Retirement Living develops and operates high-end, purpose-built retirement communities in the North West, Yorkshire and The Midlands.
Four Adlington Retirement Living communities have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for the Best Retirement Development in the UK at the WhatHouse? Awards, the UK housebuilding’s most prestigious event. The Folds in Romiley won the Silver Award in 2020, as did The Bridges in Macclesfield in 2019, Adlington House in Otley won the Gold Award in 2017 and Adlington House in Portishead won the Bronze Award in 2015.
For more information please visit www.adlington.co.uk.