£1.8m investment proposed for new dementia friendly flats in York

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Proposals to invest £1.8 million in an Acomb independent living scheme include creating seven new dementia-friendly flats and introducing an enhanced level of housing to help support older people to maintain living independently in the city.

The plans introduce an enhanced level of independent living support with improve communal facilities for use by tenants and local residents, provide assisted bathing and therapy facilities, and providing a base for care staff to work when needed,and creating flats which are dementia friendly.

This opportunity for investment has partly arisen by the agreed closure of Windsor House and the development of a new centre for excellence for disabled children on its site.

As Windsor House shares a boiler with Lincoln Court, the major plumbing works and heating upgrade needed presents an ideal opportunity to carry out this investment work to add to existing provision for older people in York.

It is also proposed to create seven new, one-bed apartments which will be dementia friendly with four existing bedsits converted into four one-bedroomed apartments which will offer residents improved living space. Residents will also benefit from access to assisted bathing, hairdressing and a therapy room.

Besides fitting new windows and carrying out £500,000 of planned maintenance at the scheme, space will be reconfigured to bring about further improvements. These include an improved boiler and plant room, an entrance lobby and communal facilities including a community lounge, an electric buggy store, gardens and improved car parking.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for adult social care and health, said: “The investment at Lincoln Court will allow us to set out a new model for supported independent housing in York, called Independent Living Plus. This will serve an important housing need promote  sustaining positive health and independent living.

“Besides building upon existing community use of the communal facilities, the model will allow care staff who provide planned support for local people to use facilities at Lincoln Court to help facilitate their work,  a new way model and way of working for community-based care staff.”

Cllr Jenny Brooks, Executive Member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “Investing in this type of accommodation serves to meet an important housing need. It is also proven to sustain health and independent living and, if configured correctly, Independent Living Plus can support people to engage with community groups and self-help to meet their care and well being needs.”