The first sites for extra-care sheltered housing in Birmingham, which will eventually replace council-run old people's homes, have been announced.
Units providing 300 flats will be built at Turves Green in Longbridge, The Meadway in Sheldon and Alma Way in Newtown. Each of the schemes will be developed in partnership with registered social landlords and will provide a mix of properties for rent, low cost shared ownership and outright sale offering much greater choice to older people, the city council said.
Extra-care sheltered housing will enable older people to live independently with their own front door. But there will also be 24-hour support on site from carers.
The new homes will offer one and two bedroom accommodation, with lounge, kitchen and bathroom, according to cabinet social care member Sue Anderson.
Coun Anderson (Lib Dem Sheldon) said there would be an extensive range of facilities on site including health treatment rooms, communal lounge, activity rooms, hairdressing room, laundry and alarm call systems.
The first four extra-care sheltered housing schemes are part of a £75 million project to phase out traditional residential care.
The council will also build four special-care centres, creating a one-stop shop for long term and short term care, advice and support for older people.
Services may include GP services, physiotherapy, community nursing and chiropody.
The proposed sites for these are at Sheldon Heath in Sheldon, College Road in Kingstanding, the Grove in Harborne, and a fourth site in Newtown.
Coun Anderson added: "We have a very exciting vision for the future care of older people in this city, which clearly responds to changing expectations. The results of our recent consultation reveal that people often do not want to live in traditional residential care settings, they want to be supported to live in their own homes.
"We are well on the way to achieving the vision which is in line with the Government's Green Paper 'Independence, Wellbeing and Choice' which sets out proposals for the future direction of social care for all adults of all age groups in England."