Over 900 units of accommodation for older people will be delivered by 2020 as part of the ambitious Older Persons Accommodation Programme in York.
In a report agreed by the Executive tonight, over £100m new investment has been secured to deliver 964 new units of accommodation for older people, representing a significant increase on the 533 which were originally planned.
The ambition for the programme addresses the growing need for more appropriate accommodation with care for older people. The programme is on track for 2020 and includes:
- 561 residential and nursing care beds (242 are already in use and a further 215 are under construction).
- 03 homes in extra care schemes.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, commented:
“I am extremely pleased that we have been able to secure an additional £100 million for the Older Persons Accommodation Programme and therefore, deliver a further 431 units of accommodation on top of our original target of 533 units.”
“Over the past two years, we have delivered more support to older people, in order to help them live more independently and remain in their own home for as long as they can, preventing needless admissions to hospital.”
“The 964 units of accommodation will further improve on this support, easing the pressure on health services across York.”
The next phase of the Older Persons’ Accommodation Programme will be submitted to executive in November. It will outline how to help sustain independent living in old age, promoting health and wellbeing, allowing easy movement from hospital bed via transitional care (if needed) back to self-reliance and ensuring that the full range of accommodation choices are of the highest quality.
To find out more about the Executive report, please visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10472.