New vision of independent living with 50 homes for elderly people

Staff at Tallington Care Home, near Market Deeping, which came ninth out of almost 1,600 establishments in a public survey to find the best care homes in the East Midlands.
Staff at Tallington Care Home, near Market Deeping, which came ninth out of almost 1,600 establishments in a public survey to find the best care homes in the East Midlands.

About 50 new homes with round-the-clock care for elderly people living independently have been pledged for South Holland over the next three years.

The pledge comes from South Holland District Council after figures revealed that 27 per cent of the area’s population is made up of people aged 55 and over, compared to 18 per cent nationally.

The findings of the 2011 Census led district councillors to give the go-ahead to an Extra Care Housing scheme for South Holland which would see a total of 64 homes developed across the area.

The move was confirmed at a council meeting last Wednesday when portfolio holder for housing, Coun Christine Lawton, said: “We’re a district with an aging population and we owe it to our residents to deliver such a scheme in South Holland.

“In fact, I believe it’s essential to find ways of delivering this to our residents and I’d be delighted to facilitate it because I firmly believe in it.”

Extra Care Housing is a specialist form of accommodation for older people which allows them to live in their own home, but within a complex of between 40 and 60 self-contained homes where there are carers to help residents.

A report to councillors on Wednesday revealed that the Government expects the over-55 population in South Holland to increase by 51 per cent over the next 25 years.

Coun Lawton added: “Extra Care Housing is a priority for us as we’re all going to get old and will therefore need help in one form or another.”