This study aims to explore the extent to which residents from a wide range of housing and care histories and socio-economic backgrounds can be integrated into a single retirement village community.

Westbury Fields in North West Bristol is home to over 200 older people who occupy a range of accommodation. It aims to encourage a lively, balanced community ranging from active independent residents to those requiring a high degree of support. Researchers in the Faculty of Health and Social Care are using routinely collected data alongside interviews with residents and staff of Westbury Fields to develop a profile of the village and its residents and to explore a range of issues, including how residents and staff understand the ideas of ‘community’, ‘balanced community’ and ‘village’; how Westbury Fields as a ‘community’ relates to the wider communities of Southmead and Westbury; how residents with a background in ownership do or do not interact with residents with a background in renting; and how the interaction between and within care settings is influenced by dependency levels.

Publisher: University of the West of England
Published Date: 2007
Author: Simon Evans and Robin Means