Plans to build a new state-of-the-art “extra care” housing complex that allows older people to live independently with professional support have now been approved by Hounslow Council.
The complex will be built on the site of the former Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Feltham to provide 94 extra care apartments for older people and vulnerable adults with areas of the building specifically designed for residents with dementia, learning disabilities and physical disabilities, which is a key priority for Hounslow Council.
The development will include a range of communal facilities to provide a balanced community for older people, together with communal amenities, lounges, a hairdressing salon, dining facilities, meeting space and a laundry.
Extra Care Housing aspires to provide tenants with a home for life, offering the choice of different levels of care and support as and when required and without the need to move on to residential care.
Residents are also encouraged to be independent and can mix with others or be self-sufficient as they choose. The complex will also have professional and support staff on site 24 hours a day.
The extra care housing scheme is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to provide 400 new council homes across the borough. In addition it links to the council’s corporate initiative to create a further 180 extra care housing units by 2018/19.
Extra care and other specialist housing is being developed within Hounslow as part of a longer term residential strategy for older people via the Council’s Housing, Joint Commissioning and Adult Social Care departments.
Hounslow Council will be working with Willmott Partnership Homes, the developer for the site, and building work is expected to begin with the start of demolition of the former site last week. The project is expected to be completed by the Spring 2018.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council said: “This is such an exciting project and demonstrates the commitment Hounslow Council has to providing the borough’s older and vulnerable people with top class facilities. “
“By providing good quality homes we are bringing a new quality of life; especially for people who require physical adaptations to their homes and care where they live. For friends and family, they also have the comfort and reassurance of knowing that help is on the doorstep as and when required.”