Soho residents can have their say on homes for older people
By poppy_smith | Thursday, September 13, 2012, 20:21
Plans to build new care homes and modernise provision for Westminster's older people were today unveiled as part of a new city wide consultation launched by Westminster City Council and the NHS.
More than 1,500 residents, their families and carers in Westminster have been invited to take part in the consultation, which will set the blueprint to deliver modernised care provision for older people in the city over a five year period.
At the heart of the ambitious proposals sit plans to move away from the traditional model of residential care homes, where residents have single rooms and share communal facilities, to independent en-suite flats with 24-care provision on site for greater independence and privacy.
Other ideas in the consultation include:
- Building new nursing care homes for older people, including those with dementia, with a qualified nurse on site 24-hrs a day to provide help with washing, dressing and delivering medication.
- Having more homes spread across the city to enable residents to be closer to their friends and families.
- Enabling more dedicated care services to be delivered under one roof so that older people don't have to move from care home to care home when their condition changes or requires further treatment.
- Building over a hundred additional extra care flats, to provide independent living.
- Building a brand new rehabilitation unit.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Westminster City Council said:
"The care needs of older people have changed significantly, and it is up to local authorities and the NHS to make sure that they are successfully meeting the needs of their residents and providing appropriate care.
"Westminster is no exception; the proposals we have put out for consultation today are designed to provide more care homes, better buildings, and dedicated services for older people, shaped by older people.
"This consultation will give residents, their families and carers an opportunity to share their views, and help us to deliver a service shaped by those who use it."
The consultation runs until 3rd December 2012. For further information visit: www.westminster.gov.uk/specialisthousing