A £10m a year fund will be boosted to £105m over three years to help deliver more joined up care closer to home and help build homes to support people to live independently in their own communities, the Welsh Government has announced today (June 26).
Housing and Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans and Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies made the announcement during a visit to an Extra Care housing and care scheme being built in Maesteg.
The Integrated Care Fund, set up to support the integration of health, social care and housing , will receive a £75m
This capital funding is in addition to the £50m revenue element of the Fund announced in April this year.
The fund will support the aims of “A Healthier Wales: our Plan for Health and Social Care” – which recognises the significant role appropriate housing can play in moving health and social services closer to communities.
It will also help improve long term planning and increase the focus on how homes can make a difference to health.
Rebecca Evans and Irranca-Davies visited the site of Maesteg Extra Care Scheme, a development of bungalows, extra care apartments and residential care bedrooms and a range of communal facilities including dining room, lounge, laundry room, salon, activity rooms and communal gardens.
The scheme is due to be completed in November this year and will provide housing for older and vulnerable people in the local area.
Evans said :“This significant funding boost is aimed at helping those who need it to receive the right support, whether they are older people with complex needs and long term conditions, people with learning disabilities, children with complex health needs, or carers.
“We recognise how important housing can be to health – housing can make a real difference in the lives of people – helping older people stay independent and out of care homes or hospital, for example.
“A three year programme will allow health boards, councils, housing associations and other bodies to plan carefully and manage larger projects to meet the needs of people locally – I am looking forward to seeing many more projects like this one come to fruition.”
Irranca-Davies said not all the funding will be about delivering housing-based projects.
“But we will continue to focus on providing seamless services, care closer to home, and helping people to live independent lives,” he said.