Social landlord submits plans for £4m care scheme
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Development, Local Government
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Social landlord Home Group has submitted plans to build a £4.2 million development of 42 ‘care ready’ homes in Cumbria.
The homes will allow people who would otherwise live in care homes or spend long periods in hospital to live more independently.
And Home Group says that the project has the potential to save taxpayers almost £250,000 each year compared to the costs of paying for long-term care in the independent sector.
Jolan Gergely, Home Group's head of client services, said: “We’re looking forward to building these homes which will enable people to continue to live independently. Often people have to move into residential care or continue to stay in hospital longer than necessary because there quite simply isn’t the specialist accommodation they need.
“These homes will obviously benefit those who live in them by enabling them to continue to live independently but they will also benefit the tax payer. Care ready homes are a middle ground between general needs housing and specialist care in residential homes or hospitals.”
Because each home is designed with care needs in mind, accidents such as falls or trips are less likely than for those who continue to live in non-specialist homes.
The properties will be one and two-bedroom self-contained homes. and nine will be for people with learning disabilities or autism.
The remaining homes will be for those aged over 55 or those under 55 with a disability. Home Group will invest £2.34m in the scheme with the Homes and Communities Agency providing £1.3m and Cumbria County Council funding £500,000.
Councillor Beth Furneaux, the council's cabinet member for adults and local services, said: “This funding is vital to ensure people get the care they need and deserve in the decades to come.
“Extra care housing is a key part of our aspiration to support the development of high quality and well designed accommodation which allows older people and people with disabilities to live independently in local communities for longer.
“People are telling us that they want to continue to live independently for as long as possible, and this development is a great example how we can support people to do this.”
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