Extra care housing prioritised
The delivery of specialist housing for people with care needs has been adopted as a key priority for South Holland District Council.
Extra Care Housing is accommodation where care and support is provided onsite 24 hours a day in a communal setting yet residents retain a degree of independence over their own lives.
It is usually provided within complexes of between 40 and 60 units of self-contained accommodation.
Extra care housing schemes are often available across a range of tenures, from affordable rented and shared ownership through to market sale.
South Holland has been identified as a priority area for Extra Care Housing due to the area’s demographics and lack of existing supply.
Recently councillors unanimously approved the decision to make the delivery of Extra Care Housing a priority and work is now underway to identify opportunities to make the vision a reality.
Cllr Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing, said: “We are acting now to meet the demands and needs of an ageing population and increase the choice available in the local housing market to those who wish to remain in specialist accommodation whilst receiving care.”
The 2011 Census identified that around 27% of the district’s population is of pensionable age, compared with 18% nationally.
Government population projections predict that there will be a 51% increase in the population of those aged 55 or over by 2036 and that over the same period, the population of those aged 85 or older will increase by 175%.
At the same time dementia rates in South Holland are anticipated to rise by 109%, along with an 88% rise in the number of people expected to suffer with mobility problems.
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