At Retirement Security, we are dedicated to providing our clients with transparency and clarity. This is why when any of our retirement properties are sold, the seller pays a transfer premium of up to 3% of the sales price to the freeholder, Retirement Security Limited (RSL). RSL does not charge ground rents and does not charge for its estate agency services. There is a monthly service charge payable by owners which includes one and a half hours domestic assistance per week. Further information is available from the Court Manager.
About Blake Court
Blake Court is situated in Highlands Village, Winchmore Hill. The Court has 71 apartments in total. 66 have 2 bedrooms and 5 have 1 bedroom. There are also 2, two bedroom bungalows. The Court enjoys an excellent location in the North London suburbs. Set in landscaped grounds, and adjacent to playing fields, it provides a relaxed and peaceful setting, yet it is ideally placed to make the most of the area’s range of shopping, leisure and healthcare facilities. There are attractive walks at Oakwood Park and the Court is a short distance from the local golf course and bowling green. At Blake Court there is private parking available and public transport is also close by, putting the many attractions of London and the surrounding areas within easy reach.
Blake Court was built in 1997. The original leases were granted for 99 years but the actual period available will depend on the current date and whether any past owner has extended the lease.
Blake Court Facilities
Conveniently placed electrical sockets reduce the need to bend or overstretch and an emergency call system is installed with pull cords in every room of the development. In addition to the private apartments and bungalows, there are a number of communal areas in the Court available for use by all Owners.
The combination of aesthetics and accessibility is at the very heart of Blake Court’s design. With every floor connected via stairs or lifts, all Owners, including those who may rely on wheelchair assistance, are ensured complete independence.
Here at Blake Court the Management and Staff are passionate about the service we offer. Our Owners live independently in their own, self-contained apartment or bungalow and they come and go as they please. When they need help it is on hand immediately, 24 hours a day from someone they know and trust.
Blake Court is carefully designed so that you can get around easily even with mobility challenges and our high staffing levels put our Owner needs at the forefront of everything we do.
As an extra service to those who need it, we are also registered with the Care Quality Commission, this enables us to offer extra care to Owners who require this service in the comfort of their own home. The CQC rating for Blake Court published in 2017 was ‘Good’. Due to the length of time since the last visit, the CQC undertook a focused inspection over two weeks in March 2021. Our new rating is ‘Requires Improvement’.
Since May we have worked tirelessly on those areas that required improvement; we now have more detailed and effective systems in place and we have tightened our risk assessments and the management and quality of our paperwork – to make our practices more robust and bring them up to date.
We were very reassured that the recent CQC inspection did highlight how ‘caring’ our Team are – this means we treat our Owners with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect. Ensuring people are well treated and supported and respecting equality and diversity is so important to us:
- One person said we ‘were kind and caring and went above and beyond to support people.
- A relative’s feedback included “Housekeeping Assistants have the personal touch, the fact that I actually feel they care for my mum, as if my mum was their mum too, that means a lot”.
It was also recognised that we provide a positive culture that is person-centred, open, inclusive and empowering, which achieves good outcomes for people:
- One relative said that they knew the Housekeeping Assistants, Duty Managers and the Manager very well and were confident in approaching them when required with their concerns, which were addressed immediately. One relative stated, “I feel so confident in the staff, they love my mum, I feel the affection they show for her.”
- One person spoke positively of the Manager, Duty Managers and Housekeeping Assistants, stating that the service was managed well and delivered good quality care and support as required. One relative told us, “Jo is very accessible, I am assured. The whole team is very helpful. They go above and beyond to check up on mum”.
We hope when reading this you will feel the close knit and caring, community spirit that exists in this green corner of Enfield and if you would like to know more about Blake Court and the people who live and work here, we would welcome you to pop in for afternoon tea and a chat.
Manager, Blake Court.
For our more green-thumbed Owners, Blake Court has its own communal gardens complete with shrubs and planters located around the grounds. These can be maintained by a gardener, by the Owners or by both working in tandem. If sufficient interest is shown by Owners wanting to contribute to its work, a consultative gardening committee can be established.
Blake Court has a communal lounge that is the hub of many of its social activities. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served on a daily basis together with weekly events from whist to keep fit. The Court Manager will be able to provide a copy of the monthly social programme. The Court also features a hobbies room where Owners can take part in a number of activities including board games, card games, art and craft. The hobbies room is also used for meetings of either the Court management company or local clubs and societies of which Owners are members.
With a television and DVD player provided in the living area, Owners can sit back and relax with a film, while the lounge’s stereos are available for those wanting to play music.
Visiting relatives or friends of Owners can be accommodated in our extremely comfortable guest suite and provided with breakfast.
Being just a stone’s throw away from local attractions and public transport links, Blake Court offers visitors a great way to explore North London and beyond, all at a fair price.
Blake Court has its own communal restaurant/dining room that provides a substantial meal every day, usually at lunchtime. Meals are not included in the service charge but are available at cost to all Owners. Meals will be taken on a tray to anyone who has requested one and is too unwell to leave their apartment. Guests are always welcome and any special dietary requirements are catered for. Evening meals and themed dinners are regularly held at the Court and light suppers can be arranged if requested.
As an alternative to Owners’ own laundry facilities, the Court has its own communal laundry room. It comes fully equipped with token-operated commercial washing and drying machines. The proceeds that come from use of the equipment belong collectively to the Owners’ funds. If desired, Owners’ washing can be done in the laundry by the Housekeeping Assistants, for which a charge will be made.
There are many more staff than are generally found in traditional sheltered housing. A Manager and team of Duty Managers work in shifts and somebody is always present, twenty-four hours a day. The monthly service charge covers the cost of external maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, one-and-a-half hours of domestic assistance per week per individual property, as well as an hour per property devoted to the cleaning of the communal areas.