Traditional care homes will be increasingly replaced by luxury developments with spas, hairdressers and beauty salons in a bid to keep pensioners independent for longer, ministers say today.The Government plans will see £76 million invested annually for the next three years in new homes specially designed for those who are frail, elderly or suffering from disabilities.Health officials said the plans aim to keep people independent for longer – with their own front door, but more support on hand, with use of sensors and video monitoring to track the most vulnerable.Housing developers will be able to bid for funds, from the programme which has already seen £315 million allocated to projects which design such homes.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Communities likes these can improve quality of life… and keep the pressure off our health and social care systemCaroline Dinenage, care minister Developments include bungalows tailored to the needs of those with high level autism, with curved walls without sharp edges, with bedrooms built a little below ground level to diffuse outside noise, in one scheme in Bicester.Other projects include homes in London for adults with learning disabilities, with garden areas, substantial communal areas, and staff available around-the-clock.Ms Dinenage said: “There are still far far too many people living in substandard accommodation, faced with stairs they can no longer climb or cupboards beyond their reach. This is not the quality of life we would want for our own mums or dads – or indeed ourselves.” It comes alongside NHS plans to embed smart technology into homes.The Healthy Towns project is working with developers to allow remote monitoring of those with health conditions, with results sent directly to GPs and hospitals.New-build homes will contain movement sensors and other smart technology linked to a tablet computer, meaning health tips can be flashed up on screens if activity levels fall. “Far too often, older people who could have stayed at home for longer are ending up in hospital or residential care. We must do much more to ensure the quality of our housing keeps up with ever-evolving health needs,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Calling for more investment in supported living schemes, she said the Manchester project, developed by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group – which offers flats for sale, rent or shared ownership – is a prime example of the kind of housing which should be rolled out more widely.“We need to encourage far more of these types of developments. Communities likes these can improve quality of life, help more people live in the community for longer and keep the pressure off our health and social care system – something we all want to see,” she said.So far, 3,300 specially designed new homes have been built following previous bidding rounds. One scheme in Manchester is using the funds to develop 135 flats for the elderly which have onsite facilities including a spa, beauty salon and a bistro. The plans also include dementia-friendly design, landscaped sensory gardens and communal function rooms.Caroline Dinenage, care minister, said the schemes aimed to ensure that elderly people were able to live in suitable housing, which helped them to maintain independence.