A new and innovative type of housing and support service for older people and people with disabilities is being expanded across Lancashire in early 2020.
This type of service, which is being developed by Lancashire County Council and its partners, is known as ‘extra care’. It means that people can live more independently in their own home for longer, while having easy access to 24 hour care provided by workers based on the same site. People’s home and the care they receive can easily be adapted as their needs change overtime.
Extra care schemes are different to traditional care homes. People live in their own flat, which they rent or lease. Typically flats include a living room, kitchen, toilet, shower room and one or two bedrooms.
The schemes include communal services such as gyms, hair salons, cafes and function rooms.
Two new schemes, The Courtyards in Preston and Lighthouse View in Fleetwood are also due to open during 2020
The council has previously worked with partners, including registered housing providers and district councils, to develop extra care schemes in a number of districts. This includes schemes in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, Whitworth in Rossendale, and Primrose Gardens in Chorley, which opened in the autumn of 2019. Land or capital has been provided to support the development of some of these schemes, where required to make the scheme happen.
There are also eight sheltered housing schemes, which have care teams on site 24 hours per day.
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: “Housing and support for older people is changing
“More and more people want to live independently as they get older in their own space – a place they can call home with their own front door.
“These new extra care services provide superb, modern accommodation, a range of facilities on-site as well as care and support workers available 24/7 for those who need that level of support.
“They are usually located close to the centres of towns and villages so people have easy access to facilities and can truly feel part of the community.
“Extra care helps people to enjoy a more active lifestyle and evidence shows that this benefits not just the individuals who live there but also reduces pressures for admissions into hospital and residential care.
“Such services are becoming an ever more important part of our health and social care system across Lancashire and the county council will continue to work with partners to seek further opportunities in future.
“We look forward to continuing to work with housing and support providers to develop these ground-breaking services.”