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Health and Wellbeing Campus, Havant one step closer

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

A Health and Wellbeing Campus for Havant is a significant step closer. The campus development will offer Extra-Care assisted living for older people and nursing beds providing intermediate care and re-ablement care.

Hampshire County Council has agreed to start the procurement exercise for the delivery of the Health and Wellbeing Campus at Oak Park. With an overall site of almost 2 hectares the minimum scheme that will be provided will comprise 50 affordable Extra Care assisted living units and a 60 bed nursing home, with the potential to deliver much more.

Havant has the second largest proportion of Hampshire's over 65 population and this is expected to rise by 17% by 2020 (from 26,500 to 31,000 people). These developments will help to provide much needed additional capacity to meet the growing need in the area.

With both Extra-Care apartments and re-ablement beds in nursing homes focused on maintaining and increasing individuals independence the opportunity to develop these two new services will go a major way in widening choice for older people in Havant.

Extra-Care assisted living helps people who might otherwise have required residential care to live in a home of their own. Extra-Care assisted living provides people with their own individual apartment coupled with access to communal and shared space. Schemes include both one and two bed units to enable couples with differing levels of need to remain living together. Twenty-four hour care and support is available on-site, to be used progressively by people as their needs increase, delaying or avoiding early or unnecessary entry to residential care alternatives.

Re-ablement placements commissioned in the independent sector and County Council run nursing homes, help people to regain their independence, perhaps after a stay in hospital, with the aim of returning home with an appropriate package of care where needed.

Hampshire County Council is to invest £45 million over a decade to stimulate the development of Extra Care assisted living. New schemes across the whole county are being explored to add to the four schemes that have already opened.

Councillor Anna McNair Scott, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: "I am pleased that these exciting plans for a Health and Wellbeing Campus are progressing.

"The Council is modernising the way it delivers adult social care so it better meets the needs and aspirations of older people. Extra Care and re-ablement are key parts of this and offer clear benefits to service users and their relatives.

"People living in Extra Care developments can stay independent for longer, living in a home of their own safe in the knowledge that the care and support they need is available on site. As well as providing a safe environment, Extra Care housing means couples with different care needs are able to stay together. It is also more cost effective than residential care, as people meet their own housing costs or are supported through funding such as housing benefit.

"The short term care offered through re-ablement is designed to help people get back on their feet and into a position where they are able to go home after a stay in hospital. It also helps identify any ongoing support and care they may need, the level of which is often less than had they been discharged without re-ablement."

The procurement is being carried out by Hampshire County Council but includes an option to procure 20 beds within the nursing home on behalf of the South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SHE CCG).

Dr Barbara Rushton, who chairs the SEH CCG, said: "Delivering improved healthcare services to the frail elderly and patients with dementia is one of our key priorities - and these much-needed nursing beds will provide high quality facilities for some of the people who most need them.

"The Health and Wellbeing Campus will be another marvellous facility neighbouring the Oak Park Community Clinic, which we opened shortly before Christmas. I believe it makes a strong statement to local residents about some of the new the investment going into health services in their area.

"The clinic itself provides a comprehensive range of services including outpatient and community services across a range of specialities, diagnostics such as x-ray, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and children's outpatient and community services.

"This has been a major NHS project to provide local services for local people- and it's one we are very proud of."

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