Transforming care for older people

Westminster and NHS to transform care for older people with 2 new care homes and 110 new extra care housing units.

Monday, 15th April 2013

Care for older people in Westminster is set for a thorough modernisation under plans by the Council and Central and West London NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Together they propose to build 2 new care homes and up to 110 new extra care housing units, where residents will have a key to their own front door and have access to a 24-hour care team if they need it.

This totally modernised care provision will help older people to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible and represents a shift away from the ‘traditional’ model of residential care homes and towards assisted living in self-contained units.

After securing a 75% approval rating from a public consultation among residents and families started in September 2012, Westminster Council and the CCGs will now press ahead with plans to modernise provision for older people in Westminster, ensuring that existing care homes are fit for the future.

The next stage will be to locate sites for the new care homes and housing and to evaluate each of the existing five care homes to come up with modernisation options. Residents and their families will be able to contribute to the design stage of the new homes to make sure they fit their needs.
Ambitious proposals include:

• Looking at the options for modernisation and future use of five existing care homes, which include: Athlone House, Garside House, Butterworth Centre, Westmead and Carlton Dene 

• Building two new care homes in Westminster. The locations are currently being examined and will be confirmed in due course.

• Build up to 110 new extra care housing units specifically designed for older people with care needs. These will be self-contained homes, with care services available on site.

• Make up to 130 more nursing beds available for older people in Westminster.

• Providing dedicated care services all under one roof, including for those with dementia; with a qualified nurse on site 24-hours a day.

• Building a brand new rehabilitation unit.

Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health said:

“The council, along with the NHS are committed to helping people to live as independently as possible for as long as possible, with the support they need and providing the highest quality care homes for those older people who need it.”

“The care needs of older people have changed and we need to move away from the traditional model of residential homes to ensure that our provision is suitable for our residents and fit for the future.”

Dr Ruth O’Hare, Chair of Central London Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “This is an exciting opportunity to make sure our provision for care homes for older people is modern, and meets the needs of those with complex conditions such as dementia in an environment that allows them to maintain as much independence as possible.”

“Over the next few months we will looking for suitable sites for the new care homes and extra care housing to be built and will be inviting residents and their families to get involved in the design of their new homes.”

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