Additional money has come available for housing providers wanting to build specially-designed houses for elderly people that can be retrofitted with assistive equipment or technology to help residents live independently.
The funding from the government is designed to pave the way for thousands of extra accessible homes to be built in the next few years.
Design features on the new homes will include ensuring flexibility to adapt or install special equipment; varying levels of personal care and support to residents and communal areas for older people.
Housing providers previously had to compete for funds but now local authorities can apply for money on a rolling basis.
Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, which launched in 2012, has now been extended for a further three years.
So far under the scheme around 3,300 specially-designed hoses have been built.
Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said: “No one should have to go into a residential home or get stuck in hospital because of a lack of specialised housing adapted to suit their needs.
“This programme provides a vital life line for some of the most vulnerable people in society to live their own lives in a home that works for them.”
“We want the fund to be used to its maximum potential so more homes can be created, more quickly, ensuring that thousands of people are supported to live independently in their own homes.”
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