Great news for Rothwell as it has been confirmed that we are to get a new extra care housing complex.
Leeds City Council has appointed a delivery partner to build and run the new extra care home in Rothwell, which will be built at Windlesford Green on Holmsley Lane. The new partner was appointed after a rigorous procurement process and is made up of a group of social enterprises and commercial companies with specialist expertise in providing homes and care for the elderly.
The new care home is a relatively new type of home called ‘extra care’ which means that people can live independently in their own small homes on site while benefiting from specialist 24-hour care and support on site. Some have two bedrooms and couples can still live together in their own apartment when one may need care. The extra care home in Rothwell is one of just four new homes in Leeds. One of the other three is also relatively local as it is in the next door Ardsley and Robin Hood ward.
Building work on the four new extra care housing schemes will start towards the end of this year and all four homes will be open and taking residents by spring 2021. The new extra care home will provide homes for people with care needs, as well as shared facilities such as dining, activities and on-site access to 24/7 emergency and unplanned care.
The new extra care home is the result of years of work by me and a community involvement group that I set up to support the project. The involvement and enthusiasm of our extra care community involvement group ensured that Rothwell was one of the four wards picked for a new home as many areas in Leeds were also lobbying for new extra care homes.
I’ve been impressed with the passion and commitment of the Rothwell extra care group members and thank them for helping to make this possible. As part of the work we did, we visited two existing extra care schemes to help us understand how they could help local people.
I was impressed that people can have a proper home, with bedroom/s, living room, kitchen, bathroom etc but still benefit from excellent support and healthcare. Today many people don’t want to live in a traditional care home where they only have a small bedroom. Extra care means they have more space and somewhere private to welcome friends and family. It helps them to maintain their independence and remain healthier for longer.
The input of the Rothwell extra care community group helped inform the council’s tender process. It means that a key aspect of the new care home will be a community link aspect with a vision for an open inclusive space where older people living in the home can come together with people in the wider community, to provide a hub where community social activities, dining, coffee and more can take place rather than be isolated in a closed off care home.
The delivery partner is made up of the Home Group, Ashley House and Morgan Ashley. The Home Group is a social enterprise and one of the UK’s largest housing associations providing homes to more than 116,000 people. Ashley House specialises in delivering health and community-based construction projects, while Morgan Ashley is its specialist finance joint venture company with investment company Morgan Sindall.
The scheme is in the very early stages and the wider community as well as the Rothwell extra care group will be consulted and have your say before plans are submitted for approval.
I’m looking forward to seeing this great new addition for Rothwell.