'Housing With Care' Places Could Increase By 1,000
A plan to double the number of ‘housing with care’ units over the next three years to benefit Nottinghamshire older people has been approved by the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee.
The Council aims to support people to remain living in their own homes where possible and ‘housing with care’ schemes, including Extra Care, offer older people the privacy of their own self-contained home with personal care and support available when needed.
There will be 13 extra care schemes available to the Council by spring 2019 which will offer a total of 242 places.
It is aimed to increase the number of ‘housing with care’ places to 500 by 2021, which will create savings for the authority by providing an alternative to the most costly residential care for older people.
There is a further target to increase by around 1,000 places by 2025.
The next step is for the Council to work with a range of partners to put together a detailed plan where different housing schemes will be developed, taking into account local land use, demand and different housing partners involved.
Some schemes will also include private housing that can be used by a wider range of older people as well as young adults where their needs can be met appropriately.
On average extra care is £49 to £91 a week cheaper per person compared to a residential care home.
The four most recent extra care schemes save the Council £187,616 a year, which will increase to over £200,000 a year once a further three schemes are complete next year.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “It’s expected that the number of older people in Nottinghamshire will increase by 32,000 by 2025.
“Our ambitious plan will look at various models to double the number of local ‘housing with care’ places in the county over the next three years to benefit this increasing population.
“These housing schemes offer older people their own front door and living space unlike residential care homes, giving them greater independence and a real home environment with care workers available on site for their support needs.”
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