Work starts on new extra care schemes

Construction work has started in Birmingham on two extra care schemes for older people.

The new apartments at Turves Green and Meadway will provide a genuine alternative to residential care, giving residents their own home in a communal scheme with 24 hour care and support services should they need them.

The scheme at Turves Green will provide 95 apartments and the other, in Meadway, 87 apartments. Both schemes will have options for rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

Housing 21 is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council on the project, with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Each apartment is designed for wheelchair access and will have its own sitting room, fully fitted kitchen, walk-in shower and non-slip flooring to the kitchen and bathroom. An on-site team will provide care and support, tailored to meet individual needs. Communal facilities will include a residents' lounge, restaurant, hairdressing salon and landscaped gardens.

Interested applicants for the new accommodation, which is due for completion in the summer of 2010, must have a health and social care need and be on the local housing register.