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Event marks official opening of £6.2m care scheme

Event marks official opening of £6.2m care scheme

Published at 8:00am 17th April 2016. (Updated at 12:42pm 18th April 2016)

Residents have celebrated the official opening of an affordable extra care housing scheme for older people in Settle.

Limestone View is comprised of 50 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments with support and care services on site and communal facilities including a restaurant, salon and well-being suite.

The development was built by Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 at a cost of £6.2 million in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

It received a Homes and Communities Agency grant of £900,000 and a local authority grant of £1 million.

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: "This is an exciting development for Settle and the communities surrounding the town.

"Although other extra care schemes accommodate people living with dementia, Limestone View is the first scheme in North Yorkshire to include some apartments which are purposely designed for people with the condition, and design elements throughout to further support them.

"The scheme includes open-plan apartments, different locking systems and décor colours and textures to aid memory and reflect the local community. It also includes a sensory room on a domestic theme to help people reminisce.

"High-quality extra care provision, such as this, gives people what they say they want - to live independently in their own homes, with more choice and control over their support, so they can remain part of their local communities for longer."

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, added: "We're delighted to officially launch our second extra care development in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, following the launch of Meadowfields in Thirsk last year.

"Extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.

"Limestone View brings a mix of accommodation for elderly people to the area and continues the excellent partnership we have with North Yorkshire County Council to provide much-needed affordable housing."

Martin Smithurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat, said: "It's great to be able to celebrate the opening of Limestone View with the new residents and our partners.

"This project is a fantastic example of high-quality older people's housing. We are extremely proud of the completed scheme, and we hope the new residents will enjoy living at Limestone View."

The council is planning an extra care scheme for every major town in North Yorkshire.

It has recently gone out to tender for a new extra care scheme in the Boroughbridge area and will be issuing further tenders for schemes in other areas over the next 18 months.