New scheme for older people to be discussed

​Date: 21/7/2015

PR 5010

A new supported housing development which will enable older adults to live independently will be discussed by Wakefield councillors meeting on July 28.

A report to the Council's Cabinet says the new Frickley Mews Extra Care Scheme will offer an alternative type of housing for older people looking to remain independent for as long as possible.

Frickley Mews in Gordon Place, South Elmsall, is due to open in the winter and will have 67 apartments.

The two bedroom apartments are for older people, who have been assessed by the Council for care and support. An externally commissioned Personal Care and Well Being Support Service will be on site 24/7 to provide planned care and support emergency and overnight care and the provision of well- being support to access scheme facilities and the local community.

The state-of-the-art development is designed to be dementia friendly, and facilities will include a restaurant, hairdresser and coffee bar for residents and the wider community.

Frickley Mews Extra Care could also provide services to support older people coming out of hospital to get back to living at home, as well as providing care to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Cllr Pat Garbutt said: "In these tough economic times we are very pleased to see this new development moving forward.

"People have told us they want to live at home for longer with support from community care services. Frickley Mews Extra Care will provide more choice and enable people to stay at home for longer."

The Council's long term care strategy for older people is to move away from traditional residential care to providing modern community-based care.

Councillors will be asked at the meeting to approve plans for a consultation to close Ashgrove House in South Elmsall, which is less than a mile away from Frickley Mews.

The use of beds at Ashgrove House, a residential care home, has dramatically changed over the years from providing long term care to interim care support to older people. It now has one permanent resident, and offers only a small amount of respite care each year.

Ashgrove House is now mostly used for interim placements to support older people after they are discharged from hospital, but are not ready to go home. It also offers placements for individuals who need extra support to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Eight beds at Ashgrove House are now used to provide a reablement service to support individuals to return home.

Under the proposals the reablement service could be moved to Frickley Mews Extra Care development. Eight apartments within the development would be used to provide short term support in an independent living environment to help people regain or relearn the skills needed for daily living, which they may have lost following an illness, accident or disability.

The team would also aim to prevent inappropriate hospital admissions by offering personal care at Frickley Mews.

If councillors approve the recommendations, a consultation on Ashgrove House involving all stakeholders would be carried out in line with the usual guidelines.

There are a number of Extra Care schemes in the Wakefield district including schemes at Whinn Dale in Normanton, Sherwood Court in Kettlethorpe, Delacy Gardens in Pontefract.

Chevin is working in partnership with Wakefield Council to deliver the Extra care scheme.

Chevin Housing is a charitable Housing Association and joined together with five other housing associations in April 2011 to form the Together Housing Group. The Group manages 37,000 homes over the North of England. Extra care housing is a key part of the Group's commitment to developing a range of high quality housing options for older people.