DoH invests £80 million in care housing for older people

Extra care housing to enable more older people and those with dementia and long-term conditions to live in a home of their own in England is to be made available by the DoH.

Health minister Ivan Lewis yesterday announced the 25 sites, in areas such as Barnsley, Birmingham, Manchester and Sunderland, that will benefit from the £80 million in DoH funding allocated for the extra care housing.

This funding is expected to provide an extra 2,035 dwellings.

The extra care housing will give people a home of their own where a wide range of care and support services can be provided on site.

Tenants will also enjoy greater privacy, dignity, independence and will allow couples to stay together.

Health minister Ivan Lewis said: ‘Extra care housing is about offering people a choice.

‘Too often I hear of cases where a couple who have been together for over 50 years are forced apart because one requires care and has no choice but to enter residential or nursing care leaving their partner at home.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

DoH housing scheme

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