Work on a 70-apartment Extra Care housing scheme to replace sheltered housing accommodation at De Wint Court in Lincoln is due to start on site.
“This will be a vital extra facility with the forecast increase of older aged people and vulnerable adults in the county, providing accommodation for older people who want to remain self-sufficient but also have the option of on-site care,” said Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for adult care.
“It means we can reinvest in preventative services, stopping people from falling ill, whilst promoting wellbeing and independence.
“The new apartment complex will be the first of a number of these exciting schemes to be introduced around the county. Collectively £12m in funding is allocated to develop Extra Care housing which enhances quality of life and allows people to stay within their local communities and access services close to home.”
The scheme is being funded jointly by City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Homes England.
City of Lincoln Council’s portfolio holder for Quality Housing, Councillor Donald Nannestad, said he was delighted with the proposals to redevelop De Wint Court which plays a vital part in the authority’s commitment to provide quality homes at affordable rents, including developments with care.
Cllr Nannestad said: “There is a national shortfall of Housing with Care but this development will play a major part in helping us to meet this growing need.
“Official figures show that in Central Lincolnshire 4.2% of people aged 65 and over are living in communal establishments whilst the figure for Lincoln is 5.7%, which is substantially higher than the national figure of 3.7%.”