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New care homes will allow couples to stick together

1st March 2006

It has been announced that new care homes in Wales will allow old people to stay together.

Flintshire County Council and Pennaf Housing Group have welcomed the Welsh Assembly's decision to fund an extra care housing scheme in Shotton, reports the website News Wales.

Key features of this new £4.2 million care home include the ability for elderly couples to stay together rather than be separated into different rooms or buildings.

Additional benefits include the chance for older people to live in their own home with their own front door.

Funding will be used to provide individual packages of care and support, as well as accessible buildings with a range of up-to-date technology.

"I am delighted with this decision which will enable us to meet the care needs of older people by offering a better environment, more choice and independence, within a specialist service," Flintshire County Councillor David Wilkes, told News Wales.

This programme will be the first of its kind in the UK and is expected to provide around 40 to 50 new dwellings per scheme.