Councillors to be asked to support third care village

Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire Councillors will be asked to endorse plans for a third new-build care village in Aberdeenshire at the Social Work and Housing Committee meeting on Thursday, June 5.

The third care village will be situated in the north of Aberdeenshire but a particular site has yet to be identified. If endorsed by the committee a formal assessment study will be undertaken by the council to select the most appropriate site.

Construction could begin as early as 2016 with completion around 2018.

Capital funding of £7.983m for this project has already been approved by the council and is in the capital plan for 2013-27.

The care village forms part of Aberdeenshire Council’s commitment, set out in a joint 10 year strategy with the NHS called “Ageing Well in Aberdeenshire” to provide a range of accommodation options for older people who need care.

It will further build on the council’s reputation for delivering high standards of quality and personal choice in the way we support older people in Aberdeenshire.

Edenholme Care Village in Stonehaven opened last year. Blythewood Care Village in Inverurie is currently under construction and is due to open in June 2015.

The care village model combines flexibly designed 24 hour care accommodation with affordable rented housing for people with particular needs on the same campus, linked through telecare. It offers on-site nursing care as part of a skilled staff team delivering individualised care for people with complex needs including dementia.

A capacity plan will be published later in the year setting out, in consultation with partners, an assessment and forecast of population need for accommodation with care in localities across Aberdeenshire over the next 5-10 years. The council, along with NHS, private and voluntary sector care organisations, will establish a spectrum of choice of living accommodation with support for future generations of older people across Aberdeenshire.

The full report that will come before coucnillors on the Social Work and Housing Committee is available to view online at Aberdeenshire Council’s website: www.goo.gl/5kt5fV.