High hopes of securing cash for extra care facilities

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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FLINTSHIRE Council has high hopes of securing funding to build two state-of-the-art care facilities.

The two Extra Care facilities would be built in Holywell and Flint, and according to a report to be discussed by councillors, indications are that the local authority could get £1.926 million in funding as part of the Intermediate Care Fund.

The fund, developed by the Welsh Government, could see the council receive £642k in capital funding and £1.284 million in revenue funding.

The report said: “Our aspiration is to use a significant proportion (£550k) of the capital allocation to support the development of additional Extra Care facilities.

“Capital funding would provide leverage for investment in the cost and delivery of Extra Care and enable us to realise the commitment in our corporate improvement plan to develop a further two Extra Care provisions.”

The report said they were also looking at reconfiguring a small number of existing sheltered housing flats to provide a resource for short term support in the community.

If they are awarded the money, the council would look to enhance capacity and ability in delivering existing services from the revenue funding.

The fund, only available in 2014/2015, is targeted at supporting older people, particularly the frail, to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.

The report added: “These services can help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, inappropriate admission to residential care, as well as preventing delayed discharge from hospital.

“The fund can be used to build on existing good practice and increase the scale of provision of integrated services. It can also be used to pump-prime funding to assist transformation and change and to test new models of delivery.”

In order to be granted the funding, Flintshire Council needs to bid for it alongside other authorities, including housing and social care groups.

Cabinet members will discuss initial proposals tomorrow and consider arrangements for securing political endorsement of the final bid through delegated powers

An £8.3m extra care facility was opened in Mold in October. Llys Jasmine is a complex of 61 apartments and two bungalows for people aged 65 and over with care and support needs.

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