Film showcases county’s £200 million care plans

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PLANS for an ambitious £200 million transformation of residential and community care across Derbyshire are being showcased in a short film.

Derbyshire County Council has produced the film to detail its scheme to deliver dementia-friendly care and state-of-the-art accommodation to hundreds of older people in the county in their biggest-ever investment in specialist housing, day care and residential services.

Under the scheme, many of the county’s traditional residential homes will be replaced with modern one- and two-bedroomed apartments available at affordable rents, to buy or as shared ownership.

The plans include: 1,600 ‘extra care’ state-of-the-art one- and two-bedroomed apartments with on-site care in 27 locations across Derbyshire, making it available within five miles for most people; two split-site community care centres covering Ashbourne and the High Peak; new day services and health and wellbeing zones across the county and specialist dementia care available no more than ten miles away from anyone in Derbyshire.

The eight minute film, available online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transformingcare or as a DVD, features interviews with individuals and couples already living in extra care apartments, talking about the benefits of living independently with their own front door, but having 24/7 care on site if they need it.

The changes will take shape over the next five to seven years.