Government Minister Visits Littlehampton

12 June 2012

Today we were delighted to welcome Paul Burstow MP to Claridge House in Littlehampton.

Mr Burstow is the Government Minister of State for Care Services, and he is currently working on reforms to care and support in England. So, obviously we were keen to show him how specialist housing can help older people lead happier, healthier and longer lives.

It was an opportunity to show Mr Burstow how our schemes can really help transform the lives of our residents. It is about more than just care, it is about protecting residents from declining health and supporting them to lead happier, healthier and longer lives. Our residents enjoy their independence safe in the knowledge that support is never far away and for many it is a direct alternative to entering residential care.

The residents of Claridge House enjoyed the opportunity to question the minister and Mr Burstow appeared to enjoy the opportunity to get first-hand experience of McCarthy & Stone’s innovative model of accommodation and care.

At the end of the day, Mr Burstow commented that "the Government supports specialised housing which specifically meets the needs and aspirations of older people, keeping them independent and active. Well-designed Extra-Care Housing - such as the scheme at Claridge House - is one of a number of ways to do this."

Now, we hope that that the Government’s proposals for reforming social care, which are due to be published in the summer, will recognise the important role of specialist housing in delivering better social care in Britain.

If you would like to find out more about Claridge House, you can call 01903 730133 or visit the show complex on Church Street. It is open daily from 10.30m until 5.00pm.

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