Guide examines questions about new care models

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

The role of extra-care within the long-term care mix is of interest so the 7th edition of Laing and Buisson’s Extra-Care Housing UK Market Report (2006) is welcome. Part of the difficulties with this section of the sector is definitions but it does seem that extra-care housing is becoming the preferred term replacing assisted living, care plus, category 2.5 housing and very sheltered housing. The advantages that extra-care offers include: # Care, particularly frequent short regular visits, can be cost-effectively delivered when older people are clustered together. # The intensity of care can be adjusted flexibly from day to day according to the resident’s needs. # Residents can remain in extra-care with greater degrees of frailty/ill-health than if they were at home, even with intensive homecare packages. # Moving to extra-care can free up a larger unit of housing for use by a family. # Older people remain more independent than when in a care home. # It can be less expensive than residential care although

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