Extra money pledged for extra care

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NORTH Yorkshire County Council is taking the first steps in a £1 million process that will revolutionise care of the elderly.

Senior councillors agreed unanimously on a £1m procurement exercise to substantially expand its flagship Extra Care programme for older people because of increasing demand.

NYCC will now consider potential partners to join the roll out of another 30 Extra Care housing schemes across the county.

It was also agreed at a council meeting on Tuesday that £50,000 could be released for legal fees with regards to proposed contracts.

Coun Clare Wood, executive member for North Yorkshire said the potential benefits of such a project were endless creating new jobs and work for the construction industry.

Due to an expanding ageing population Extra Care is viewed by NYCC as a long range approach to meeting the county’s needs.

It allows people to live in their own self contained apartments so they can maintain independence but have the security of round the clock care and support being available on the complex which also have other facilities such as a restaurant, hairdressers’ salon, hobbies rooms and library facilities.

So far NYCC has invested £11.8 million in 14 Extra Care schemes from Scarborough to Stokesley, Ripon and Bainbridge down to Selby with five more in the process of development.