Council invests £1m into independent living for older people

Marie, of Ing Royd, Halifax, says extra care housing has transformed her life
Marie, of Ing Royd, Halifax, says extra care housing has transformed her life

Calderdale Council is pledging a million pounds of funding to help older people avoid care homes for longer.

The Council has announced it will work with Pennine Housing 2000 and Abbeyfield to promote its ‘extra care’ housing in Calderdale - aimed at keeping older people in their homes for longer.

Extra care housing offers those who are beginning to find parts of independent living difficult the support services to continue leading a life with independence.

The supported living complexes offer residents access to communal facilities such as bistros, lounges, shops and IT suites.

There are four extra care housing schemes in Calderdale - supporting 160 people in Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Elland.

Calderdale Council aims to have 510 extra care apartments in Calderdale by 2030 – over three times more than the current number.

To support this, it is planning a scheme in North Halifax and extra care housing for adults with dementia and learning disabilities.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Asset and Facilities Management, Housing and Environment, councillor Scott Benton, said: “Extra care housing is one of the ways we are addressing Calderdale’s ageing population. Our aim is to give people an alternative option to living in a care home, so that they can continue to live independently but still in the community, accessing the services they need. It also helps to free up homes for family use.”

Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Social Care, councillor Ann McAllister, added: “This is an important investment in our community. We are listening closely to what older people want – providing choice, independence and personalised service is crucial. Extra care housing allows people to be in control of their lifestyle, with additional support when they need it and plenty of chances to socialise. This can have positive impacts on their health and wellbeing.”

Open days are held regularly to give older people and their families chance to find out how extra care housing could help them.

Mytholm Meadows, Hebden Bridge: The last Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Call 01422 845698.

Willow Court, Elland: The last Thursday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Call 01422 378790.

Clement Court, Halifax: The last Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Call 01422 250400.

Ing Royde, Halifax: Please call 01422 362333 to arrange a visit.

It’s my home for life now, says Marie

Extra care housing has transformed Marie’s life.

The 84-year-old from Calderdale says it’s the perfect place to live – her home for life.

Marie has lived at Ing Royde extra care facility in Halifax since April. Before that, she was living alone in a house that couldn’t be adapted to meet her needs, so she was living and sleeping in her lounge. She had a number of falls and had to be admitted to hospital.

“I was worried about going back home. I didn’t know how I would manage. What if I fell again? My relatives were concerned too,” says Marie.

Marie had support from her family, the local authority and Calderdale Royal Hospital, and together they agreed it wouldn’t be safe for her to return home, so she temporarily stayed in a care home.

Calderdale Council’s Home from Hospital officer visited Marie and her family and guided them through the housing options. She went with Marie and her daughter to visit Ing Royde, run by Abbeyfield, and Marie instantly felt at home. They submitted an application and after an assessment Marie was offered an apartment. “A few months later and I couldn’t be happier. At first I was like a fish out of water, but the friendliness and support of staff and other residents soon made me feel at home. I have made lots of friends and feel safe and happy.

“Everything I need is right here. I have kept my independence but I know the support is there if I need it. The staff are absolutely marvellous. I like to try to do things for myself, but if I fall or need help I just press a button and someone will come to my apartment really quickly.

“The social activities are one of the best things about living here. We have an afternoon tea club, film nights, quiz nights and I’ve been told the Christmas parties are always fun! I would definitely recommend extra care to other people, and I think it’s a good thing to have more of this type of housing in Calderdale.

“I’m always smiling here. It’s my home for life,” says Marie.