The Ty George Lansbury complex, built by Melin homes, is the first Extra care scheme to be built in Torfaen following a £3.4m investment by the Assembly Government.
Extra Care facilities consist of individual flats allowing the elderly to live independently in self contained accommodation while at the same time receiving appropriate levels of care and support.
Ms Davies said:
The Assembly Government welcomes all developments which allow older people to avoid dependence on residential or long term care.
I am delighted this scheme will enable residents to live independently while having the comfort of knowing that support is on hand if they need it.
I am pleased that the Assembly Government has been able to contribute £3.4 million through the Social Housing Grant programme to assist Melin Homes with the cost of construction of this new scheme.
Ms Davies explained that such developments tie in with the Assembly Government’s aims in the Strategy for Older People to enhance health, emotional well being, dignity and respect for older people.
Ms Davies added:
I have recently agreed to the start of work to develop a National Older People’s Housing Strategy. This will address the whole range of housing issues affecting older people including changing demographics and the need to strengthen the connections between housing, health and social care. This work is due to be completed next summer and it will be used to inform our future policies.
The Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said:
It is a cause for celebration that we are living longer and healthier which is why the Welsh Assembly Government is committed to improving the lives of older people by ensuring that the older generation live independently for as long as they choose.
With the development across Wales of schemes such as Ty George Lansbury we will see more people that are living into their 80s and 90s living in settings that they want and deserve - allowing them to continue contributing to society.
3 October 2008