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Modernisation of services for Older Adults

Artists impression of the Norman Power Centre

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We are modernising care for older people in Birmingham in response to the changing needs and expectations of older people living in the City. In 2005 we set out a 5 year vision for the development and improvement of services and how we intend to provide these to older people in the City. Council's Elderly Persons' Homes, most of which were built in the 1960's and 70's, have become severely outdated against modern care standards and will gradually close as part of a redesign of care within the city.

Residents in the homes will instead be provided with a range of alternative accommodation or care options which are designed to better meet their individual needs and provide them with greater independence and quality of life.

A key element of this new service is the development of Care Centres, providing a range of long term and short term services aimed at promoting independence, wellbeing and choice for older adults.

The City Council aims to have one of these new centres in each constituency and the first four centres, situated in Kingstanding, Edgbaston, Ladywood and Yardley, are all now open.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said: "In modernising the care we provide within Birmingham we are moving away from an outdated model which has existed for nearly 40 years and toward an exciting future where older people have genuine choice and can enjoy modern levels of care.

"Increasingly we are finding that people do not want to live within traditional residential settings, wherever possible they want their own front doors, leading to their own homes, where they can enjoy their own freedoms. The challenge we face, and believe we are now addressing, is how to grant this level of independence while still providing the very highest levels of care and support.

"Through our development of a range of new and innovative services, both older people and carers will have far more choice in where, when and how care is delivered, which will in turn maximise individual well being and deliver the independence older people crave."

Planning for your future needs

We recognise that residents and day service users have individual needs. We are working with partners both the City Council and in the private and voluntary sector to make sure that current and future residents and service users have a range of options to choose from. These choices include being supported in their own home and to live as independently as possible in a range of modern care settings. We will discuss the full range of options and choices available with our residents and relatives as part of a full needs assessment. The closure programme will also reflect the availability of new care settings to ensure residents and service users get the best outcome for them.

Some of the options and choices available might be:

New Care Centres

Specialising in dementia care, these new centres provide vastly improved environments for older people promoting health and wellbeing. The Perry Tree, Kenrick, Norman Power and the Ann Marie Howes Centre are now up and running.

Extra Care Housing

Extra Care Housing provides an attractive alternative for older people who may otherwise require residential care. It provides modern individual homes with your own front door and real independence supported by a 24 hour care team. An ongoing review and improvement of current Extra Care Housing as well as a brand new range of Extra Care houses are planned along with Birmingham first Extra Care Village. These improvements and new schemes will provide secure, independent accommodation with flexible support which will enhance your quality of life.

Independent residential and nursing accommodation

New and improved high quality residential and nursing accommodation is being sought from the independent sector to provide an additional 450 places for older people. 260 of these places have already been confirmed with the remaining 190 places being sought in areas where there is a lack of residential and nursing care services such as Sutton Coldfield. These new places will increase the range of choices available to both current and future service users.

To find out more about Care homes in Birmingham visit the CareSearch Portal