Work to extend a City of York Council sheltered accommodation scheme is progressing well with a ‘topping out’ ceremony for the two bungalows which residents will move into later this summer.
Glen Lodge Housing with Extra Care Scheme is being extended as part of the council’s plans to modernise accommodation for older people in the city with 25 new flats and two new bungalows being built. Accommodation is being designed specifically for the needs of people with dementia.
As well as the proposed extension, the council has already invested in providing the help and support available to residents – known as ‘extra care’ – so it is available to residents 24 hrs a day, seven days a week. This enables even more people with higher care and support needs to live at Glen Lodge.
Whilst the bungalows are being ‘topped out’ work on the 25 flats is progressing well, the main building is at second floor level and first fit electrics are going into the lower floors. As part of the works the entrance to the existing building will be re-vamped, allowing easier access for friends, relatives and the wider community to enjoy the facilities at Glen Lodge. Planning consent was recently given for the entrance changes and work will take place in the early summer.
Glen Lodge is seeing £4 million of investment to increase and further improve care services for older people. The work is part of the Older People’s Accommodation Programme which aims to give older people more choice and control about the care and support they receive.
Tenants at City of York Council’s Sheltered Housing with Extra Care Scheme, Glen Lodge, will be able to access round-the-clock care and support from this month.
The new scheme will see Glen Lodge’s current extra care provision extended from 7am-11pm, to 24 hours, seven days a week.
With the number of people in York aged 75 and older expected to rise by 50 per cent by 2030, and with the popularity and quality of its current provision at Glen Lodge and extra care services at Auden House, these new plans are part of a city-wide scheme to modernise accommodation for older people.
The programme seeks to address the needs of York’s ageing population by making the best use of existing sheltered housing, by offering people with higher care needs the services and accommodation they need now and in the future.
A planning application has also been submitted to build a further 25 flats and two bungalows on the Glen Lodge site, whose tenants can use the extra care services as their needs change. The application will be considered by the Area Planning Sub Committee on 4 February.
A number of staff from Grove House and Oakhaven – the two council residential care homes which are due to close this spring as part of plans to modernise care and support for older people as part of r the Older People’s Accommodation Programme – will help to deliver the extended care and support at Glen Lodge.
Residents are still awaiting the results of the independent inquiry into the alleged “rat biting” incident at Glen Lodge (more…)
Yesterday evenings Health Committee meeting failed to provide reassurances for those concerned by the alleged “rat bite” incident at Glen Lodge.
It emerged that members of the committee had already been sent a report on the incident, but this has not been made public.
The Department of Health has asked for an independent review of the case and the Council has promised to cooperate with that review.
It is to be hoped that report at least will be open and transparent.
One of the problems with adopting a defensive and opaque approach to issues like these is that exaggeration (or complacency) may creep into both the media and the comments of Councillors. One speaker at yesterday’s meeting not only presumed the scale of the incident, but also the causes and the remedy.
So facts may already to have become the victim of the Councils secretive approach.
The matter will be reported back to the committee at some stage next year.
Following our story on Tuesday, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has now ordered an investigation.
We had asked for the matter to be reported to the Councils Health Scrutiny Committee which is meeting on Tuesday, but the Council has not yet confirmed that the issue will be added to that agenda.
Patricia Hudson, 75, suffered injuries to her face, body and arms caused, her family believes, by a rodent at the council-run home Glen Lodge, in York.