Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Committee has agreed to provide up to £1.8 million to Eildon Housing Association to enable the development of 39 extra care homes in Galashiels.
This follows the agreement of the Executive Committee in August to provide £1.7 million to support the delivery of 49 extra care homes at Todlaw, Duns, by Trust Housing Association.
Extra care housing offers the possibility of supporting higher levels of dependency. It also provides an environment for lively and active old age. It is based on self-contained flats, rather than small rooms as in residential care, and offers care and support at the same level as residential care, for those that need it, available 24 hours a day.
Significant private borrowing by both Eildon Housing and Trust Housing along with anticipated Scottish Government grant funding will also help deliver both projects.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “The delivery of extra care homes right across the Scottish Borders has been identified as a priority and I am delighted that we’ve now been able to support a second development.
“Thanks to ongoing work with our partners, the Todlaw homes in Duns will the first of around 150 to be built over the coming years and hopefully Eildon Housing’s development in Galashiels will follow closely behind.
“Providing appropriate accommodation is vital to increasing the amount of care that can be provided to people in their own homes, helping them to live independently and in their own communities for as long as possible and also reducing the impact on various public services.
“That is increasingly important as the proportion of older people living in the Scottish Borders is expected to rise dramatically, and research has shown that over 60 per cent of people going into residential care could have avoided this if extra care housing schemes had been available.”
Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of Eildon Housing Association, added: “Eildon is delighted to progress this exciting scheme which is instrumental in the delivery of the progressive new Older People’s Housing Strategy for the Scottish Borders.
“This is part of a major programme of affordable home building in the Borders, whereby Eildon is committed to delivering over £100m of investment to create 750 new high quality affordable homes for our communities.”