Under the terms of our charitable scheme we provide almshouse accommodation for older people in financial and social need. Applicants must be over retirement age. They should be capable of living independently, but have a clear need for the extensive range of care and support which we provide.
We give priority to applications from local people and the surrounding areas. Applications will normally only be accepted from people outside Hampshire where a particular need can be established or there is a family connection to the area.
St John’s almshouses comprise 24 units at St John’s North, The Broadway, 27 units at St John’s South, The Broadway, and 25 units at St Mary Magdalen, Colebrook Street. We also have 5 units of accommodation at Christes Hospital in Symonds Street. The location of these sites is shown on the location map. Depending on the number of couples living with us we generally house between 90 and 100 residents.
The charity provides heavily subsidised accommodation to those of limited means so it is necessary for applicants to complete a financial assessment to evaluate their finances.
The majority of our almshouses comprise one bedroom flats. Most of these are big enough to provide accommodation for a couple, although some are only of sufficient size for a single person. Within each flat there is a living room, bedroom, shower room, and a kitchen. Each flat is centrally heated and linked to the welfare staff by a call system.
There is a community room at St Mary Magdalen with an in-house library area, where regular coffee mornings, monthly Lunch Clubs and residents’ social clubs and social events are held. There is also a hairdressing salon and a visiting hairdresser attends weekly.
At St John’s North there is a medically equipped bath which residents can use with the help of a care assistant if bathing at home becomes difficult.
The charity has its own chapel in the Broadway where services are taken regularly by our own Chaplain who also provides pastoral support to the residents, although there is no required religious affiliation of prospective residents.
Our welfare staff provide constant care and support to residents. We employ a Matron, Deputy Matron and two Assistant Matrons, most of whom have nursing qualifications, and twenty-four hour emergency assistance is available. There is also a shopping assistant who is happy to help housebound residents with their shopping. At Christes Hospital there is a resident warden. The welfare staff are on duty during the day and someone is on call throughout the night.
The care and support offered by our Matrons is greater than that which would normally be associated with a warden service in sheltered housing. It must be emphasised though that this does not constitute regular and constant nursing. New residents have to be in sufficiently good health when they enter the almshouses to be able to lead independent lives.
Residents pay a weekly maintenance contribution towards their accommodation and also a heating contribution. These are reviewed annually. The current charges from 5th May 2016 are:
Maintenance Contribution: £100.00 per week.
Heating Contribution: £18.00 per week.
If you would like apply for almshouse accommodation please go to our ’Contact Page’
Registered Charity No: 250926