PLANS to deliver 240 new extra care homes in Leeds are moving forward now that the city council has assembled a delivery group to manage their delivery.
Leeds council has appointed Ashley House Ltd, Morgan Ashley LLP, and Home Group Ltd to deliver and manage the new homes across four sites in the city. These will be in the Holt Park, Seacroft, West Ardsley, and Woodlesford areas of the city.
The four schemes will each have a minimum of 35% “affordable” rented homes, the council said. Building work is set to start on the first site towards the end of 2019, with all four sites completed and operational by spring 2021.
“We are dedicated to tackling the critical undersupply of extra care housing in the city and delivering high quality homes for older people in several locations across the city,” said Councillor Debra Coupar, the city council’s executive member for communities.
“This programme is just a part of the great improvement journey Leeds is on and it is brilliant that we have now appointed the delivery group and that we are in a fantastic position to move forward. I look forward to seeing the plans becoming reality.”
Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, added: “Building extra care housing is an important part of our ambition to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. These homes help tackle loneliness and social isolation while giving people the care and support they need and maintaining their independence. I’m pleased to see the council delivering new care services for older people in Leeds and I look forward to seeing the building programme progress.”
Extra care housing is primarily for people who have care and support needs as well as a housing need. The approach helps to alleviate social isolation through access to shared facilities, dining and activities and also provides on-site access to 24/7 emergency or unplanned care which is an additional feature that separates it from other forms of retirement living.
Such provision is claimed to result in savings for individuals and the council, as it costs significantly less to deliver than residential care, even when recipients have medium to high care and support needs.
The development of the four sites makes a significant contribution towards the Leeds Vision for Extra Care housing, which involves the council working with partner organisations to construct more than 1,000 extra care homes by 2028, in order to meet the growing demand for this accommodation type and population forecasts in the city.
“We are delighted to be part of the delivery group that will work towards helping the city council achieve its Vision for Extra Care housing ambitions,” said Dr Nichola Stefanou, Home Group’s director of clinical practice.
“Home Group has a strong track record in delivering specialist care across a range of areas and to service-users with a variety of needs. We are currently delivering 426 services with NHS trusts and local authorities, supporting over 23,000 people.”