Borough floats extra-care housing plans
by Jim Dunton Wed 6 November 2013, 5:02 pm
Two 40-unit supported-living housing schemes could be developed on former care-home sites in Reading if councillors support the plans.
Members of Reading Borough Council’s adult social care, children’s services and education committee are being asked to consider the proposals this week.
Their approval will pave the way for the authority to seek a development partner to build extra-care housing on the site of the former Arthur Clarke Care Home and Albert Road Day Care Centre in Caversham, and on the site of the Alice Burrows Care Home in Southcote.
Adult social care lead Councillor Rachel Eden said the authority was committed to providing improved facilities for the elderly, following the decision to close Arthur Clarke and Albert Road earlier this year.
“Older people want to remain independent and enjoy an active life, but we all know that often as we get older we need more support,“ she said.
“Whenever I visit extra care developments like Oak Tree House in West Reading, I see how much people love living there – an individual home which comes with additional care as you need it.
“If the committee agrees these proposals we will be looking for a partner to develop these sites, not just for today’s older generation but for generations to come.
"I am excited that by working in partnership we are able to be proposing such an important investment in services for Reading’s older people.”
The schemes would feature specially-designed accommodation for older people, including access to care and support around the clock.
They would also include restaurants, fitness suites and communal facilities that would be open to other elderly people to use.