Extracare’s popularity grows

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

Extracare is currently, and will continue to be, one of the main growth areas in long term care in the UK, says Philip Mickelborough, author of Extra-Care Housing Markets 2005, an annual market report published by healthcare sector analyts Laing & Buisson. The report which offers a blend of quantitative data and authoritative analysis, says government efforts to promote extracare housing as an alternative to care homes for older people are succeeding, with continued growth in demand and supply, stimulated by an awareness of extracare1s advantages and government capital funding for the development of thousands of extracare units. Social services are increasingly looking to extracare schemes as an alternative to admitting a frail older person to a care home, and are working with housing associations to increase supply. In his report Mr Mickelborough says extracare is still available to a limited number of people, despite its continuing growth. “About 20,000 older people live in self-contained extracare schemes,

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