ExtraCare – a vision of
by Mark Lankshear
Older people no longer want to move
into residential care and want to be able to maintain their
independence at home. The Council are shifting investment
away from residential homes and into to home support services,
but many older people still end up in unsuitable houses and
often become isolated.
One possible solution is the development of
‘Extra Care Housing’ villages and the BCAF meeting
gave a warm greeting to Angela Rowland from the Council as
she explained how they would work.
Extra Care Housing provides homes for anyone
older than 55, built alongside a host of facilities like shops,
leisure facilities, services and meeting spaces. By providing
affordable homes for rent or sale to older people with a wide
range of care needs, from full independence to those who would
otherwise need residential care, the idea is that people would
not need to move as their needs change, but more help could
be easily brought to them.
ExtraCare, the charity that has pioneered this
model of housing around the country, say that they offer ‘a
lifestyle that challenges traditional outmoded concepts of
ageing’ and they put great emphasis on encouraging independence.
There is one scheme already open in Norfolk
Park and the Council hope to develop more around the city.
They gave the go-ahead for a 250 place development in Woodhouse
last December, but the plans drew criticisms from existing
residents who complained it would become a ghetto, and that
the new facilities wouldn’t be available to them and
would devalue their homes.
To learn more about the plans for Extra
Care Housing contact Angela Rowlands on 273 4765.