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York invests £4.1million in dementia care

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York Council has announced the start-up of work on a £4.1 million extension of a sheltered housing centre.

Glen Lodge in Sixth Avenue is being extended with 25 flats and two bungalows to provide ‘dementia ready’ housing to allow people to continue to live independently, according to The Press.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “Work starting on site at Glen Lodge marks a major milestone in our plans to improve York’s accommodation for older people. We know that sheltered housing with extra care schemes are extremely popular with older people because they enable them to live independently while receiving care.”

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The development, which is supported by a £850,500 grant from Homes & Communities Agency, came after plans for ‘super care homes’ in Lowfield and Burnholme in York were abandoned as unaffordable.

York Council now proposes to develop a Health and Wellbeing hub at the former Burnholme School site along with the extension of care at Auden House, which provides support to help elderly people live independently.

York’s population of people aged 75 and over is expected to rise by 50% by 2030.

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