“Extra care” provides accommodation for older people on a long-term basis and is set up to adapt to their changing care and support needs as people get older. It will cater for up to 19 residents suffering from dementia.
The new care home will be paid for with joint funding from Exeter City Council, a £1.41 million grant from the Department of Health and contributions from the developer.
The number of over 85s in Exeter is expected to increase by as much 35% by 2030. Exeter City Council wants to ensure that high quality facilities to care for them are in place.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, Lead Councillor for Housing and Customer Access, said: "It’s great news that we have secured this funding. The project will support and speed up the development of the specialised housing market and meet the needs of older people. It has always been our vision to help facilitate a new state of the art extra care facility for the elderly, with a dementia unit.”
Robin Felton, Operations Manager for the Alzheimer's Society, Cornwall and Devon, said: “Access to a range of good quality health and social care services, information and support can improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Two thirds of people in care homes have a form of dementia so ensuring specialist care is available for people with dementia is vital.”
The building will be designed specifically to be adaptable for care needs and include some of the latest energy efficiency materials.
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