Council bosses in North Yorkshire are considering a scheme in Leyburn which will see a home for the elderly replaced with extra care housing.
Fifteen extra care housing schemes are already in operation across the county with a further five in development. Of the fifteen in operation, 10 of them have replaced county council owned elderly person’s homes.
The new extra care scheme will provide 53 apartments comprising 20 one bed apartments specifically designed for people living with dementia; 26 two bed apartments and seven two bed bungalows.
It is a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council, Broadacres – a specialist social housing landlord and Richmondshire District Council and will involve the replacement of Brentwood Lodge, the county council’s elderly person’s home.
Council bosses say that the schemes allow people to live independent lives in a community setting, with back-up care available on site.
County councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s executive member for health and adult services said: “We are putting forward this proposal for Leyburn because we believe that extra care is a model that works in every way, enabling people John Blackie, county councillor and leader of Richmondshire District Council said: “It was essential to retain the specialist unit dealing with dementia and aged-related frailty at Brentwood that serves the deeply rural Upper Dales communities, to avoid relatives of residents from travelling huge distances to visit them. Indeed the scheme offers a 25% improvement in capacity to meet the demand from a population that now lives much longer than before.”
The Leyburn scheme, which will also have specialist dementia support facilities, will be designed to support a range of needs including physical disability and mobility impairment, sensory impairment and anxiety as well as dementia and other aged-related frailty and disability.
Priority will be given to residents of Brentwood Lodge, who will have a legal right to move to the scheme if they so wish, and residents of Leyburn, the surrounding villages and the Upper Dales.
The county council is also currently considering alternative provision for the day and respite services at Brentwood Lodge and meetings have been held with residents and their relatives to discuss the impact of these proposals which are still at an early stage.
Broadacres aims to submit a planning application in December.