New development supports people to keep their independence in style!

Residents are due to start moving into a new apartment building that has been specially designed to help elderly people keep their independence and their own front door.

The new 60 bedded Extra Care Housing Scheme in the East Marsh area of Grimsby is the culmination of four years of work and planning between North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Ashley House, a specialist developer of health and social care schemes.

This will provide independent living in a high specification, purpose-built development that is also contributing to the regeneration of the East Marsh area of Grimsby.

“Keeping their independence is extremely important to most people as they get older,” explained Jake Rollin, Assistant Director of Care and Independence at North East Lincolnshire CCG. “The new residents are people with significant care needs who might otherwise have been looking at having to move into a residential care home. Instead, each person or couple has a purpose designed apartment with their own front door with a professional team on hand to support them with daily health and wellbeing needs.

“The environment and architecture of this amazing new build is completely geared up to supporting them to carry out daily tasks themselves which is something most people hold very dear.”

The scheme is oversubscribed which shows there is huge demand for this kind of development.  A panel of professionals set the criteria for entry to the scheme. This is based on quality of life improvements and efficiencies for the whole health and social care system. The development will lead to less intensive and less expensive packages of home care and will also reduce unnecessary care home and hospital admissions.

People will start moving in later this week and the building will be full by the middle of August.

The Housing provider running the scheme and acting as landlord is Inclusion Housing which is a registered social landlord. The Care will be delivered by LQCS and the café/restaurant will be provided by Care4Aall.

Jonathan Holmes, a Director at Ashley House, added: “This joined up approach to health, living and wellbeing from the CCG and the Council in North East Lincolnshire has culminated in these superb apartments for local older people. We’re really proud of the scheme and to be working in partnership to deliver more.”

This is the first of five schemes to improve the way health and social care work together for older people or people who need extra support and it is a key part of the CCG’s Better Care Fund Plans (BCF), Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures (HLHF) work and also part of the Adult Social Care strategy with North East Lincolnshire Council.

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