A PLANNED state-of-the-art care facility for the elderly in West Lancashire backed by MP Rosie Cooper has been granted £7.3 million of government funding.
Rosie is delighted that ministers have given the go-ahead for the cash injection which will be pumped into turning the former Brookside care home on Aughton Street, Ormskirk, into an Extra Care Housing scheme and Well-Being Centre for Older People.
Altogether, there were 25 bids submitted to the Department of Health from across the country - and the bid for the Ormskirk site was the largest which was granted.
Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, said: “This is a massively exciting scheme which would see a centre being built in the centre of Ormskirk consisting of 111 flats, some of which will have sleep-over facilities for visitors and carers.
“To complement these facilities there will also be a fitness suite, meeting rooms, bistro, library, hairdressers and IT facilities as well a care team who will be on call around the clock.
“I am delighted that the Government has granted £7.3 million towards the scheme as it is will allow older people to have the high-quality care they deserve while maintaining their independence, which is so crucial.
“People are now living longer than ever before and this cash injection demonstrates the government’s determination in helping communities meet the challenges of how older people are looked after and cared for in the future.”
It is expected that work will start next year on the Aughton Street site with a view to the new centre being open by late 2010.