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The smartest homes to grow old in

How would you like to spend the latter years of your life? That’s the £18 billion question, which equates to the value of the care home industry in the UK, according to Savills. The industry now has more than 360,000 residents, Office for National Statistics research has revealed. While there are many options to choose from when looking for a care home or retirement community, there are a few places that go above and beyond to ensure not only comfort, but the most luxurious quality of life for their residents.

Leading the charge in this space is the hospitality expert turned advocate in the fight against dementia, Laurence Geller. Care isn’t a word Geller takes lightly. When he greets me in the conference room of Loveday & Co, the dementia-focused care home he built in Kensington, London, and has expanded, with properties in Notting Hill, Chelsea and now St John’s Wood, he wears a suit, neatly pressed, with a small “L” pinned to his lapel. No detail is out of place in Geller’s appearance, likewise in his care facilities.

Geller started Loveday in 2016, after a decades-long career in the hospitality industry where he began as a kitchen porter, eventually taking on corporate leadership positions at Hyatt and Holiday Inn. Today he is the chancellor of the University of West London, which is home to the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, as well as the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory. Geller also happens to serve as chairman of the International Churchill Society, and Geller Capital Partners, a private property investment group in Chicago, where he lived for more than 40 years. Geller wanted to use his experience to bring a better quality of life to care home residents and to honour his parents, both

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Homes damaged in flash flooding in Castlederg as local community is praised for coming together during downpour

Flooding in Castlederg. Photo by Monica Maguire

Flooding in Castlederg. Photo by Monica Maguire

Several roads were closed after a downpour of rain meant driving conditions were almost impossible, whilst water entered properties after the town suffered its wettest 24 hours on record in 50 years.

Heavy rain hit the west part of Northern Ireland and Co Donegal as properties were also flooded in Raphoe, Castlefinn, Killygordon and Convoy across the border.

Whilst the majority of the water has since been cleared up, DUP councillor Keith Kerrigan believes the ‘Derg community stood up and helped each other as the rain showed no sign of letting up.

“I’m led to believe as many as 21 properties have been damaged whether that be internal or external damage,” he said.

“The Environmental Services team from the council have been in contact to see what damage has been caused.

“Thankfully, most of the water elsewhere has been sorted but a tidy up in places is probably needed.

“The community really rallied around each other as people were leaving sandbags at doors belonging to the elderly or those with mobility issues, whilst tractors and tankers were in the town until 3am sucking up the water that the Fire Service couldn’t.

“We had a great team out on Saturday night as sandbags were being replenished, the Fire Brigade had well over a dozen vehicles in use, PSNI staff assisted and local residents were digging in.”

Mr Kerrigan confirmed that no businesses were seriously impacted by the floods and that he has called on a meeting with relevant departments to ensure there isn’t a repeat in the future.

He added: “There was heavy continuous rain for a long period of time on Saturday and it got very torrential from 5pm onwards.

“The river in Castlederg wasn’t flooded but the water must have run off

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