A PIONEERING development providing much-needed housing for older people with additional support needs has been officially opened in Newark.
Gladstone House, a state-of-the-art scheme in Lord Hawke Way, off Bowbridge Road, has 60 purpose-built units over three levels, including 40 extra care apartments. Facilities include communal areas, rooms designated for activities, a sensory garden and commercial kitchen.
Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes and Homes England have worked in partnership to deliver the flagship £8.9million development.
Social care and health partners were involved in the design of the project from the outset to co-locate social and health care services alongside quality accommodation.
The scheme includes advanced assistive technology to reduce care costs and prolong residents’ independence, including state-of-the-art toilets, and deals with issues of isolation with extensive community facilities.
Extra care units allow older personswho would otherwise need long-term residential care, to live as independently as possible with the reassurance of support with care when needed with care staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week . This contemporary style of independent supported living, aims to reduce moves in to residential care, minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges. Providing a high quality of life for tenants and maximising the use of the public pound. There are also eight assessment apartments to enable early discharge from hospital, thus supporting the wider health agenda to minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges.
The Council’s housing management company, Newark & Sherwood Homes, provide housing support to all residents at the scheme complementing the extra care provision.
Councillor Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This excellent housing complex provides superb accommodation for residents needing additional support and is very much part of the district council’s ambitious plans for housing growth.
“We will continue to work hard to deliver new, affordable housing to meet the needs of residents across the district. The district has an ageing population evidenced through our housing register which is a key influence in terms of the housing that is provided.
“This project also demonstrates the real value of working in partnership, which has enabled us to maximise funding opportunities, in meeting the district council’s strategic objectives.”
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We want to offer older persons who have support needs in Nottinghamshire as much choice as possible and extra care is a realistic alternative to residential care as it offers residents the on-site support they need whilst providing a home environment with kitchen and bathroom facilities.
“I’m delighted we have a brand new extra care scheme in the heart of Newark which has been supported by the County Council as part of our plan to increase ‘housing with care’ places in the county.”
Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes said: “As the District Council’s housing management company and the project manager for the delivery of Gladstone House it is responsible for the ongoing management of the property and supporting tenants in their new homes. We are pleased that it has been delivered to such a high standard, on time and on budget. We are delighted to have welcomed the first tenants and we look forward to providing excellent services to tenants in their new homes.”
Caroline Cormack, Head of Homes Ownership and Supply for the Midlands for Homes England, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to fund Gladstone House, helping older people in Newark through the delivery of high quality new homes and the associated facilities to help them to continue to live independently.”
Contractors Henry Boot Construction officially started work on the site in August 2016. The scheme is the result of a successful bid for £1.5m of funding from the Department of Health’s Extra Care and Support Programme, administered by Homes England, and funding from both councils as well as Newark and Sherwood Homes.
Tony Shaw, Operations Director with Henry Boot Construction, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this important development, working collaboratively with all involved to design and create an exceptional extra care housing facility that will benefit the community for years to come.”
Gladstone House is next to the new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre and close to the site for the YMCA’s proposed new pioneering sports and community village which will engage residents through a variety of sport activity programmes and facilities to improve health and wellbeing. Other land close by has been earmarked for market housing through the district council’s new development company.