A care village will generally be a large development of 50 units or more offering a variety of accommodation, including one and two bedroom apartments and bungalows available to buy and to rent. Care and support is provided to tenants dependent on their need with the added benefit of knowing that 24 hour emergency support is available.
The concept of the care village is based around supporting
tenants and residents throughout the ageing process, creating a rich and diverse community within the village in tailor-made accommodation. Units are usually available to those aged 55 and over who move in as part of their life planning process. This gives the reassurance that as the needs and circumstances of people change they do not have to go through the upheaval of moving from their home to receive a higher level of care and/or support.
The communal facilities are at the heart of the care village and although they will vary from place to place, will generally include a restaurant or dining room, a laundry, a shop, and a fitness centre amongst a variety of other leisure facilities. The economies of scale of a care village mean that there are greater opportunities to provide health and well-being facilities and services that encourage mental and physical stimulation.
Care villages also bring opportunities for health and social care providers to deliver community services more effectively and efficiently.
There are three Care Villages in Gloucestershire – St Oswald’s Village in Gloucester run by the Extra Care Charitable Trust, Richmond Painswick Village in Painswick run by Richmond Care Villages Ltd and Crystal Fountain Village in Nailsworth managed by Crystal Fountain Village.