Care arrangements for older people to be discussed by Wakefield councillors

Date: 17/11/2015

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Wakefield councillors are to discuss modernising the type of care offered in the district.

The Council's long term care strategy for older people is to move away from traditional residential care to providing modern community-based care. This offers an alternative type of housing to older people who want to remain independent for as long as possible.

A state-of- the-art supportive housing facility is to open at Frickley Mews in South Elmsall this winter. It will provide 67 apartments, as well as care to support individuals coming out of hospital but not yet ready to go home.

The new facility will increase people's choice of care in the district.
Councillors will discuss the modernisation plans at a Cabinet meeting on November 24.

Once Frickley Mews has opened the report proposes Ashgrove House would close. Ashgrove was originally built as a residential home but there is less call for this type of traditional care.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: "We've listened to a wide range of views and we plan to modernise services as people have told us they want to live at home for longer with support from community care services. It will also provide more choice."

Frickley Mews is designed to be dementia friendly and facilities will include a restaurant, hairdresser and coffee bar for residents and the wider community.

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.