Featured on BBC Panorama
The news comes as New Oscott Village (managed by The ExtraCare
Charitable Trust in partnership with Midland Heart and Birmingham
City Council) was featured on a BBC 1 Panorama report (26th July)
examining national provision and policy in elderly care.
To see the programme on the BBC iPlayer, click here
Joan Bakewell examines the 'burden' of elder care, click
For further information on the programme please click here
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the programe click here
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The programme considers whether New Oscott's care and housing
model offers a brighter alternative to the traditional residential
home as national providers and policy makers struggle to deliver
innovative care solutions. The programme also coincides with Health
Secretary, Andrew Lansley's announcement that the Commission on the
Funding of Care and Support will consider the best approach to
achieving a sustainable care and support strategy for the UK's
rapidly growing population of older people.
For a press release detailing the announcement click here
Vilage's Proactive Approach to Health
The New Oscott well-being improvements are shown amongst 34 new
residents who took proactive measures to tackle individual health
issues following a two-hour well-being assessment set up by The
Extracare Charitable Trust. Ten health factors were measured
ranging from blood pressure and cholesterol levels to diet, fitness
and even psychological and spiritual well-being.
Diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis were common
conditions found within the group. Incidents of depression and
loneliness were also discovered, particularly amongst frailer
residents who were living in isolated circumstances before moving
to the village.
Working in conjunction with local GP services, the village fitness
instructor, activities facilitator and individual care staff,
ExtraCare's Well-being Advisor referred residents for treatment and
to a number of motivational classes within the village. These
included tailored gym sessions (measured to record each
individual's 'effort rating'), a 'wake-up-warm-up' morning exercise
routine and attendance at social activities such as choir singing,
tai chi, reminiscence sessions and falls prevention classes.
The 13.8% improvements were shown when individuals' key health
factors were reassessed after 8 to 12 weeks.
Well-being for All
New Oscott's Well-being Centre now receives 75-85 'drop-in'
sessions per month and is extending the service across the
village's growing community of 300-plus residents. Resident
Well-being Ambassadors have been recruited to promote the service
amongst village peers, in some cases helping to administer
supervised blood pressure, height and weight checks. Later this
year, older people in nearby Erdington and across the City will
also be able to access New Oscott health checks and to share
village facilities at an affordable cost.
The service was set up by the Charity to ensure access to all
residents, in particular the 60% of villagers who receive benefits
to support their housing and care costs.
ExtraCare's Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, comments: "ExtraCare is
taking a proactive approach to housing and care by providing
practical health advice, a range of facilities and numerous
activities that gently encourage people to take greater
responsibility for their future independence. Evidence already
suggests that ExtraCare's Well-being Service reduces care
dependency within the village and we believe there are savings for
a hard-pressed public purse."
Media contact: Richard Tower at ExtraCare on 0772 055 3658. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Further Information -
An ageing population: On 20th July 2010 Health Secretary Andrew
Lansley commented: "By 2026, the number of 85 year olds is
projected to double. In the next 20 years we estimate that 1.7
million more people will have a potential care need than today. We
know that one in five 65 year olds today will need care costing
more than £50,000, which could force many to sell family homes. The
answer is clear - we must develop a funding system for adult care
and support that offers choice, is fair, provides value for money
and is sustainable for the public finances in the long term."
ExtraCare's Birmingham Villages: New Oscott Village (supported by
Midland Heart and £5m funding from the Homes and Communities
Agency) is the first of five proposed schemes across the City as
part of a £200m village development partnership between Birmingham
City Council and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. The Village offers
260 homes for affordable rent, part-purchase and sale, surrounding
a village centre which includes a fitness gym, restaurant/café,
bar, shop, arts and crafts centre, village hall, I.T. suite,
hairdressing salon, library, woodwork shop, Well-being Centre and
greenhouse. Up to 24-hour support is delivered to a third of
village residents by qualified ExtraCare staff in their own village
homes. Purchase residents should never have to relinquish the
purchase value of their village home to pay for their care. An on
site welfare team ensures residents gets appropriate support with
their housing and care costs and has found £240,000 in unclaimed
benefits amongst new residents moving to the village. The Village
runs an affordable 'Friends Club' and encourages community
participation in activities and events.
For a Village fact file click
ExtraCare Well-being Award: ExtraCare's Well-being Service won the
Housing and Health Category at the 2009 UK Housing Awards.
here for further details of ExtraCare's Well-being
Birmingham Smile Appeal
Each of Birmingham's five villages will have its own health,
leisure and social centre with up to 18 facilities. The Village
Centres will provide enriching opportunities at an affordable cost
for up to 350 residents and a further 350 older people in the wider
community, many of whom may have little social contact and are
frail with limited means. These facilities can only be provided
through charitable funds raised by The ExtraCare Charitable
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's £10m Birmingham Smile Appeal is
to fund health and leisure facilities in each of the five villages.
This is the Charity's largest appeal to date and will attract funds
from business and the community.
Click here for the Smile Appeal web site
To find out more about the Smile Appeal, please contact: Elaine
Clarke, Capital Appeal Manager, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust on
M: 0772 055 3653, T: 01952 882557.