Extra Care Housing - Fit for the Future
To see the plans for the 'extra care' schemes please follow the links below:
For new information on the future of Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine - see the documents at the bottom of this page.
Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine
Fit for the Future
When will the changes occur?
What is 'extra care' housing?
Is this what will be provided in the new developments?
What will happen to the residents of Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine?
Will all the residents be able to live independently in 'extra care' housing?
What will happen to the staff employed at the two homes?
Who will employ the staff in the 'extra care' housing?
Has the States agreed these proposals?
How do I find out more information?
In Guernsey, there are more and more older people who are living longer.
Alongside these rising numbers, over the last decade older people have consistently and more loudly let it be known that they value their independence and want to exercise choice about how they are housed and cared for. This is particularly the case for the so-called 'baby boomer' generation as they enter into retirement.
The States needs to respond to these changes in the design of health, housing and social care services and later in the year will be considering an Older People's Housing, Care and Support Strategy for the Island.
This will make clear that historic models of accommodation and care need to change to meet the demands of the future - both in terms of the growing numbers of older people and in terms of their changing attitudes.
Against this background, the Housing Department has reviewed the future of the two care homes it manages - Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine.
Longue Rue House was built in 1963 and Maison Maritaine in 1971. Today, both homes are feeling their age.
Built to provide accommodation for older people of different era, their long corridors and cramped rooms are unsatisfactory by today's standards.
Of more pressing concern, the building fabric and the mechanical and electrical systems are fast becoming obsolete, so much so that significant amounts of money are required just to keep the homes a safe place to live.
But the stark facts are that no matter how much money is invested in the homes, they will never be able to provide a living environment which meets the Guernsey Standards for Care Homes that have been adopted by the States.
Acknowledging these problems and taking account of the Island's changing demographics and the views expressed by older people in our community, the Housing Department has had to take a long hard look at the future of these two homes. In conjunction with the Health and Social Services Department, and after much careful thought and consideration - it has decided that the best option for the residents and the States alike, is to demolish the old care homes and to build new purpose-built accommodation on the same sites.
Recognising that older people value their independence, the accommodation planned to replace the homes will not be residential care; rather the Housing Department intends to develop a new model of accommodation and care services called 'extra care' housing.
These changes will not happen overnight. The intention is that, over the next two to three years, new 'extra care' accommodation will be built adjacent to Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine, which will continue to operate as residential homes until the 'extra care' housing is ready for occupation.
'Extra care' housing has many similarities to residential care, but the major difference is that the emphasis in 'extra care' housing is on enabling individuals to live as independently as possible.
Currently there are only 50 'extra care' homes in Guernsey - at Rosaire Court in St Peter Port - but the Older People's Strategy will recommend that there are hundreds more.
Typically, 'extra care' housing offers:
• Private, self contained apartments with one or two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom
• Individual terrace or balcony spaces
• Lifts and easy wheelchair access
• On site 24-hour, 7 day a week care and support services, provided according to an individual's specific needs
• A restaurant and other facilities like lounges, hair salon, computer suites, exercise rooms, laundry
• Opportunities to socialise informally with friends or family, either at home in your apartment or in the shared public spaces
• Organised social activities
• Privacy and independence
• A safe and secure living environment
The emphasis in 'extra care' housing is on providing a community within a community.
Apart from providing purpose-designed apartments, both new developments will include communal facilities that can be used by the people living there and the wider community. For example, it is planned to provide a Day Centre at the Maison Maritaine site to serve the wider community in the north of the island.
All the residents of the two residential homes will have the opportunity to move into this new self-contained accommodation, while receiving the care and support they need, when they need it.
Individual care and support plans will be drawn up for each resident to ensure that they can manage the transition from residential care to 'extra care' living.
It is intended that each resident will receive the same care they are receiving now, from the same care staff, in the same location.
There will be a special team of care staff dedicated to assisting and supporting residents to be as independent as they choose to.
It may be that some residents will welcome the opportunity to re-learn life skills; others may not.
The staff within the new 'extra care' housing will respect the wishes of each resident and their family members and deliver the care and support that is needed.
Introducing this new model of accommodation and care will require existing care staff to develop new care and support skills; the staffing patterns associated with delivering residential care will also have to change. In general, it is anticipated that there will be a greater need for skilled care and support staff, but less, or possibly no, need for cleaning and catering staff.
Each member of staff affected will be given support to retrain for a new role or to retain their existing roles through redeployment.
The care and support staff will be employed by the Housing Department.
They will work alongside housing management staff who will be employed by the Guernsey Housing Association, which will build the new accommodation to meet the requirements identified by the Housing and Health and Social Services Departments.
Will anyone else be accommodated in the new 'extra care' housing?
The new accommodation is principally intended to house the residents of Longue Rue House and Maison Maritaine; however, 'extra care' housing is equally suitable to provide supported living for other client groups currently accommodated in residential homes by the Health and Social Services Department.
It is planned that up to 15 individuals with a learning disability will also be accommodated in the new 'extra care' housing at the Longue Rue site.
No, but a States Report is being prepared for consideration at the April States Meeting.
The proposals are being made public now to enable anyone interested to find out more information before the States is asked to make a decision on the matter.
If you have a question, please telephone 717190, where a member of Housing staff will ensure that your query is answered promptly by a member of the project team.
Alternatively, please e-mail: