New Newark extra care scheme a step closer

22 April 2016

The green light has been given for Nottinghamshire County Council to enter into an agreement with Newark and Sherwood District Council and its housing management company, Newark and Sherwood Homes, to create an extra care housing scheme for older people on Bowbridge Road in Newark.

The scheme, which has planning permission, will consist of 60 apartments owned by the District Council with the County Council having access to 40 apartments for extra care.

The scheme, which is anticipated to cost in the region of £8m, would be managed by Newark and Sherwood Homes and is adjacent to the Newark Sports and Fitness Centre,  which opens to the public on 25 April.  A new GP facility is also proposed on the site but this is still subject to funding and the necessary approvals.

Around 27 percent of the district population is over 60 years of age, which is higher than the East Midlands average and the number of people aged over 65 years is expected to increase by 53.5 percent over the next 20 years.

The County Council currently provides extra care at the Vale View supported housing scheme in Newark and the Bowbridge Road scheme will help the authority to meet its commitment to create 160 new extra places in the county by March 2018.

The scheme will be part-funded by a grant from Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund with the County Council providing a 36 per cent contribution and the District Council, including its housing company, putting forward 47 per cent towards the cost.

Extra care is an extension to traditional supported housing where older people can live as independently as possible in their own home environment with the reassurance that care staff are available 24 hours a day.

Council Muriel Weisz, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “The current and expected future local population shows there  is a real demand for extra care in the Newark area over the coming years and this scheme will help meet this.

“It is important that older people have a wide range of choice with later life care and extra care offers people their own home with the help they need and access to activities and communal facilities to reduce social isolation.”

People wanting to find out more about extra care can contact the Council on 0300 800 50 50 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

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