The housing minister, Kris Hopkins MP will be visiting Sunderland today (April 1) to meet the partners involved with the development of extra care housing in the city.
This will focus on the visit of two sites under construction in partnership with Sunderland City Council.
The new inciative has seen the development of Dovecote Meadow on the Ford Estate. Social housing provider, Housing 21, has been behind the scheme which when built will see 175 mixed tenure apartments with the extra care guarantee.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services said: ‘The extra care schemes enable older residents to live independently in their own home for longer with access to care services.”
The site of the Old Orphanage on Seafarers Way will also see a new development with a view to provide extra care to those most vulnerable within the community.
This £4.5 million building will be available to the over 55s with dementia. This new initiative comes months after the Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland opened the first specific dementia care unit in the country with targeted treatment centres and memory jogging technology.
The site will also see the special touch of a restaurant with a communal area, there will also be a hair salon for convenience.