The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the UK’s system of care for the elderly, with lots of important lessons to be learnt. But rather than just talking about what society can and should do better in the future, at Legal & General we want to be a driving force behind this change. So we have donated £5 million to enhance elderly care in Newcastle, as part of our Let’s Care for Britain programme, bringing in the lessons learnt from the pandemic so far.
The donation will support a partnership with Newcastle City Council, which is already working to improve care with the NHS and Newcastle University under the Collaborative Newcastle banner, and will benefit two projects. First, and with immediate effect, it will help fund independent living facilities within the Future Homes Alliance project at Newcastle Helix, managed by the City Council’s housing partner Karbon Homes.
The second – and larger – part of the donation will provide funding for a new model of residential care, built around support bubbles and future proofing against some of the issues that have come to light amid the pandemic. As well as staff, these intergenerational clusters will house between 20 and 25 individuals and their partners and even other family members. Residents and staff will form a support bubble in the event of future lockdowns, whether protecting against another Covid-19 outbreak or a bout of winter flu.