development of extra care housing, adding to the choices available to
older people was announced today by health minister Stephen Ladyman.
Mr Ladyman, said:
'We need to drive forward the development of real choice for older
people. Not just theoretical choice, but practical choice. The
government is determined that older people will choose the type of
care that suits them rather than having a choice forced on them by
Whitehall or the local council.
'Extra care housing has a role to play in helping to make sure that
older people get the right care in the right place at the right time.
It will not give us all the answers and it won't be right for
everyone. It will be part of a range of services including good
quality residential care, flexible home care services and community
'Many older people want to stay in their own home, while others will
want specialist forms of housing that offer complete security and an
environment where care and support can be delivered effectively. Our
challenge is to develop policies and services that allow older people
to choose the housing that is right for them.
'This money is available for innovative schemes, involving either the
public or private sector. We want to see real partnership coming up
with ideas that suit local communities.'
Extra care housing can offer flexible care, with 24-hour support from
social care and health teams, providing:
- Out of hours services with mobile support to older people
- A familiar and supportive living environment for people with
- Opportunities for older people to provide volunteer support to the
wider community and conversely, local schools and individuals
offering help to older tenants
- Communal space, facilities and well-being services for use by the
w ider population; some extra care housing provide GP surgeries,
restaurant facilities, alternative therapy centres and exercise
Mr Ladyman added:
'For some people it will exactly suit their needs and we want them to
be able to make that choice.'
1. This fund supported by the ODPM
will be run by the Department of Health in partnership with the
2. The £87m will be made available to be spent within the
financial years 2004-6 (£29m in 2004-05 and £58m in 2005-06). We will
be looking to issue allocations and project approvals for up to 1,500
new extra care places. This fund will be part of the Access and
Systems Capacity Grant to social services authorities already
announced for the two years 2004-06, but this element will be
allocated after a competitive bidding process.
3. The Department of Health is interested in proposals, which
- Provision of extra care housing through remodelling residential
homes or existing sheltered housing schemes
- Projects that involve a broad range of partners
- Projects that include investment from private funding
4. The projects will be evaluated and the findings used to stimulate
further development and inform future investment. The Department of
Health will make a further announcement, inviting bids for funding at
the end of this month.