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City of York Council is on track to deliver over 900 extra new units of accommodation with care for older people by 2020 and will see over £100m new investment to deliver it.

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The 964 new units represent a significant increase on the 533 which were originally planned, and reflect a growing need for more and appropriate accommodation with care for older people.

The programme is on track for 2020 and includes:

  • 403 homes in extra care schemes.
  • 561 residential and nursing care beds.

Of these, 242 are already in use and occupation and a further 215 are under construction.

Residents of York have an above-UK-average life expectancy with the number of 75+ residents expected to increase by 50% by 2030 (up from 17,000 to 26,000). 

Providing sufficient accommodation with care is particularly important for the increasing number of people with complex care needs - including those living with dementia.

Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “These changes are financially significant as well as creating an enhanced quality of life for our older residents. By encouraging investment in new care provision and maximising the use of existing stock, we’ve already saved over £500,000 annually to be invested elsewhere in the care system.

“In the past two years, we have delivered 26% more support to older people to help them to continue to live independently in their own home. This also has the effect of minimising discharge times from hospital: better for the older people and the NHS.”

Cllr Helen Douglas, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “These 900 units of accommodation are very welcome additions to the city’s stock. Looking ahead to October, construction will begin on the 33 home extension to the Marjorie Waite Court Extra Care scheme and on the 80 bed Burnholme Care Home. In November, ground work will start on the 64 bed Fordlands Care home and in the new year, Lincoln Court’s transformation will begin and the preferred partner to deliver the new care home on Lowfield Green will be appointed.”

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. 

Executive takes place on Thursday 27 September from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10472