Barking and Dagenham complete two extracare housing schemes

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Two new housing schemes for older people to enable them to have greater independence and choice, and a home for life, have been launched by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The borough has a growing population of about 162,000 people of whom 20% are over the age of 60. Following the publication of the Government¹s “Care Homes for Older People” paper in 1999, it became apparent that most of Barking and Dagenham¹s care homes would not meet the required standards. The new schemes consist of modern, architect-designed, self-contained accommodation in a local community setting with a range of supporting social and leisure facilities. Health care and support are incorporated in these communities and it is the first time that extra care, core and cluster projects have been tried in the borough. “They are almost be like small villages,” said the Borough¹s spokesperson Katy McGrory. “When someone has made a decision to move to suit their changing lifestyle needs, they won¹t have to move again, because a

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