New extra care expansion begins

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A major expansion of Extra Care facilities to provide purpose-built, state-of-the-art accommodation for people with health and social care needs, gets under way today (Thursday) with the beginning of a procurement process to find partner organisations to work with the county council.

The multi-million pound project will see Extra Care accommodation in every major town in North Yorkshire, including Scarborough.

Noth Yorkshire County Council says it is procuring a framework of organisations such as building developers and social housing providers who will design, fund, build, manage and operate the schemes, on the Council’s behalf.

The Extra Care expansion is based on what the people of North Yorkshire have said they want - to be able to live independent lives in their own homes, with more choice and control over their support so they can remain part of their local communities for longer.

Extra Care allows people to live in their own homes, but with care and support, according to need, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It also provides communal facilities such as a lounge, restaurant, hair and beauty room, guest suite and assisted bathing room. In some places, Extra

Care schemes may also incorporate facilities such as a GP surgery, library,a short break respite service and specialist accommodation for people living with dementia, or other complex needs.

“The procurement process which begins today is the first step towards a major expansion of a system which has won widespread acclaim for the way in which it allows people to live independent, happy, and supported lives,” said County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Health and Adult Services.

“We want to put extra care at the heart of our communities and to plan ahead for current and future generations.

“By 2020, the strategy will have seen the provision of many more apartments and bungalows right across North Yorkshire – making it possible for people to have the care and support they need, in the places where they want to live.”

The emphasis on good quality design has always been at the forefront of North Yorkshire’s Extra Care programme, and it will be an integral part of the criteria used in the procurement process.

The council recognises that each building is someone’s home – not just a place in which care is provided. No single ‘model’ of design is used in the development of the schemes – each one being developed in response to site circumstances and local requirements, providing a diversity of accommodation across North Yorkshire.

Specialist accommodation for people with dementia or other complex needs will make it easier to live better, through the use of colour and other design features to establish familiar routes through buildings. Telecare will also be extensively used to allow care staff to be on hand if required.

“All our consultations have told us that Extra Care is what people really want,” added Cllr Wood.

“The procurement process beginning today brings that aspiration close to reality.”