General, HP, Supporting our vulnerable adults, Surrey County Council

Five ways that new homes for older people will be purpose-built and fit for the future

New extra care housing for Surrey will boast an array of technology and design features to help older people live independently in their own homes.

Design blueprints are being drawn up for new housing that Surrey County Council is providing to enable residents to enjoy privacy and independence with their own front door and the comfort of knowing that care is close at hand.

The county council is committed to creating up to 725 new homes in extra care housing schemes by 2028, with the first three sites already identified.

The new housing, and care and support delivered on site, will be designed to:

*Enable residents to lead as active and independent lives as their health allows, with social spaces and a range of useful facilities

*Be outward facing, providing a link between the scheme and the outside world through opening up some facilities to the local community

*Encourage people to be as independent as possible with logical dementia-friendly layouts in both individual apartments and the wider building

*Promote independence among people with a range of needs, including sight and hearing difficulties, and adapt to increasing frailty

 *Accommodate a range of smart technology and innovations which could include voice-activated devices and self-care apps

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “This new extra care housing will be fit for the future, designed to enable the vast majority of residents to live there for the rest of their lives without needing residential care.

“The design blueprints we’re developing will lay down high standards for schemes that will be provided over the coming years, giving residents their ‘home for life’ in comfortable, accessible and supportive communities.

“This new housing – and the care it will offer – will support our approach of focusing on what our residents can do rather than on what they can’t. It’s all contributing towards our Community Vision for 2030 which prioritises people living healthy, active and fulfilling lives.”

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