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Extra Care in Brighton & Hove

It is now a well established fact amongst statisticians and policy makers that the UK has an ageing population. For example, by 2033 the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to more than double to 3.2 million, and to account for 5 per cent of the total population. Amazingly, in 1983, there were only 600,000 people in this age group.

These trends obviously have serious implications for local councils such as ours, who provide lots of services and specialist accommodation for older people.

artist impressionOne particular type of housing which I think will become much more common in the coming years is extra care housing. Yesterday, I attended the opening of one such facility – Patching Lodge, just off Eastern Road in Brighton. This is a fantastic state-of-the-art block which we have developed in partnership with Hanover Housing Association and we are very lucky indeed to have secured it.

Extra care is such an attractive option to many older people because it allows them to retain their independence in self-contained flats, but also gives them the peace of mind of having support and care on site 24 hours a day.

However, if we are to meet the challenges posed by the ageing population I think that our primary aim should be to provide choice for people. Clearly, many will want to remain in their existing homes for as long as possible and we need to help them to do that. But providing high quality extra care accommodation alongside our existing ‘normal’ sheltered housing is going to be vital if we are to meet people’s high expectations into the future.

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