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FUNDING FOR EXTRA CARE HOUSING ANNOUNCED

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A cash injection totalling£87m by 2006 to grow the ...
A cash injection totalling £87m by 2006 to grow the

development of extra care housing, adding to the choices available to

older people was announced today by health minister Stephen Ladyman.

Speaking at PRP's New Designs for Older People conference in London,

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

living options.

'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

dementia

- 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

facilities

Mr Ladyman added:

'For some people it will exactly suit their needs and we want them to

be able to make that choice.'

Notes

1. This fund supported by the ODPM

will be run by the Department of Health in partnership with the

Housing Corporation.

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

include:

- 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.

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