Strategic partners sought to deliver first 750 Extra Care units for people in Cornwall

Submissions have now opened for a strategic partner to work with Cornwall Council deliver to deliver the first 750 extra care units for Cornwall residents.

The council has pledged to deliver over 3,500 extra care units by 2025.

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Submissions are now being called for from either a single partner or a collaboration of partners to deliver the first 750 of these units.

Extra Care units offer people an alternative from residential care and allow them to live in their own homes with their own front door with care and support available around the clock if they need it.

Nearly 1 in 4 residents of Cornwall are aged over 65 and this number is set to increase by a further 40% over the next 20 years, highlighting the need for extra care homes to help people remain living independently.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Extra care homes are a good way for people to maintain their independence while also being able to access any care and support they might need.

“We want people to have a better range of living options so they can still live independently, within their community and near family and friends. Evidence shows that this leads to healthier and happier lives. This in turn reduces the need to use health and social care services, alleviating demand on already stretched services,” Councillor Rotchell said.

An extra care living facility in Liskeard is already supporting people to live independently with care and support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if needed.

Bruce Parker, who is in his early 70’s, has been living there with his wife since it opened. He said: “Living here has made such a difference, before when we were struggling we had no one, now all we have to do is press a button and the staff are there, they’re wonderful really”.

All of the proposed developments will be co-designed with local communities to recognise the different characters of towns in Cornwall.

The other ways in which this scheme will be delivered are:

  • Remodelling partners’ existing capacity (such as sheltered housing and care homes) that are no-longer fit for purpose.
  • Market shaping - to identify and develop opportunities with new and existing providers to deliver accommodation suitable for older people’s needs.
  • Direct development – there may be opportunities for the Council to directly build especially in areas where the market is less responsive.

Interested parties can apply through the Council’s Due North e-portal www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk and express an interest in “DN350137 Strategic partners for the development, delivery and operation of extra care houses in Cornwall”. New users to site will need to register.

Posted on 1 February