Lincoln’s new De Wint Court Extra Care facility in Boultham Moor has been officially opened, with residents set to move in next month.
The £12 million, 50 one-bed and 20 two-bed apartment extra care facility is the first such scheme to open its doors. Jointly funded between Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council and Homes England, the facility has care provision available, non-resident management and support staff, a wellbeing suite, changing places facility, restaurant and salon.
Councillor Wendy Bowkett, Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for Adult Care and Public Health, said: "This type of accommodation will be vital going forward with the forecast increase of older aged people and vulnerable adults in the county.
“It will provide quality accommodation for these groups who want to remain in their own homes but also gives them the option of on-site care."
Residents can enjoy the benefits of renting a home, free from the worries of maintenance or gardening, along with like-minded over 55s. With access to care and support on-site 24 hours a day, together with additional communal facilities, De Wint Court offers the perfect place to make your home.
Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council said: “These new apartments will enable residents to maintain independence in their own homes as their needs change with care providers arranged by the county council.
“De Wint will play a vital part in our commitment to provide quality homes, to meet the diverse housing need within the city, and I welcome our new residents to the development.”
Stuart Leslie, Divisional Director at Esh Construction added: “We are proud to have delivered this fantastic new extra care facility in Lincoln, providing high quality and much-needed new homes to enable people to live independently with onsite care and support.
“Throughout this scheme we worked hard to maximise the social and economic benefits for the local area. Through our commitment to employing locally, more than 70 operatives were Lincolnshire residents, and 24 new jobs were created for local people who were previously unemployed.”
Christine Seaton Senior Manager – Affordable Housing Growth at Homes England said: “This is a high-quality development of apartments for older people that will support independent living and contribute to their wellbeing and the wider community. I am pleased to see these homes completed and ready for new residents.
“Homes England recognises and supports homes that make a meaningful contribution to people’s lives and their community. We are pleased to work in partnership with the City of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council to make these homes happen.”
The county council is investing £12m to support the development of Extra Care Housing for older people and Community Supported Living options for adults with a disability.