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DoH announces new sites for extra care housing

21st July 2008

New homes for people who need support to live alone are to be built in Barnsley as part of an £80 million package, the government announced today.

The extra care housing scheme will consist of 25 new homes for people with conditions such as dementia and other illnesses that mean they require a degree of care from health professionals.

Social and leisure facilities will also be near the sites so people can live independently in a community setting and residents will be allowed to buy a share in their home.

Health and care minister Ivan Lewis and TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson are to present a cheque for £3.8 million for the venture to the housing scheme.

Mr Lewis said extra care housing would give people a choice about how and where to spend their later life.

The new scheme brings the government’s total investment for supported housing schemes to £227 million.

Earlier this month the government launched its £286 million End of Life Care Strategy, to support terminally ill people.

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