Residents are moving into their new homes this month as a new Wirral-based retirement community, which also offers care and support, has officially opened its doors.

So far, 46 new residents have moved into Alpha Living’s 78 apartments at Poppyfields, Saughall Massie, with another six about to move in. There are now just 24 apartments left to view and reserve.

Poppyfields’ beautifully designed, self-contained apartments provide independent living for people over the age of 55 but with the reassurance of onsite care and support available 24 hours a day, if needed.

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

Homes at Poppyfields have been in high demand since the scheme was announced, with hundreds of expressions of interest from across the local Wirral community.

The lively development includes an on-site bistro serving a daily hot meal and a hair and beauty salon. Once the residents are settled in, a busy calendar of social events will also be on offer.

Poppyfields has been sensitively planned and designed to give families of residents the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe and secure and have access to all the help and care they may need now or in the future.

Pat Gerrard, 87, and Maria Carr, 76, had been close friends and neighbours for nearly 10 years before deciding they would both make the move to Poppyfields within a few weeks of each other.

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Pat. “The staff are really friendly, and the restaurant is great. What I love most is how much independence you get. It’s not a care home; it’s independent living, with a bit of help there if you need it. I feel like I’m living in a five star hotel.”

Maria added: “As soon as I walked in the front door, I knew I’d made the right decision. Anyone who’s starting to struggle a bit in their own home, or wants to move into a more modern development, should come and see Poppyfields.”

Everything is designed around independence. Residents will have the choice to access personal care, assistance with medication, preparing meals, some cleaning and laundry, and will also enjoy fresh, hot meals served daily in the lounge.

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

The modern Poppyfields extra care apartments

Graeme Foster, chief executive of Alpha Living, the specialist housing association behind Poppyfields, said: “There is a real sense of celebration here as we welcome our new residents to Poppyfields.

"It’s been a pleasure to see the development take shape and people reserve their homes over the past few months, but there is nothing like seeing it filled with new neighbours.

“Chatting to our new residents, you can already sense a great spirit of fun, vivacity and friendship. People feel so at home here already.

“It’s often an emotional move, but our team works hard to create a community which is full of life and provides safety and peace of mind.”

The beautiful outdoor space at Poppyfields

The beautiful outdoor space at Poppyfields

The Poppyfields development is for people living in Wirral or with a local connection.

The homes are suitable for anyone struggling to manage in their own home and needing a little help to stay independent.

They could also be an option for those who feel:

• Where they live now is no longer suitable and makes them feel insecure or lonely.

• Those living in residential care who would prefer a self-contained apartment with care and support.

• Anyone who has an assessed care and support need or feels that they would benefit from the care and support service available.

For more information and to register interest in Poppyfields visit or contact or call 0151 346 1598 and ask for Andy Keelan.