Remodelled sheltered housing scheme to expand
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Care and Support and also in Housing
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A service to remodel traditional sheltered housing is to be further expanded across Scotland.
Social care and housing provider Bield has become the first landlord in Scotland to proactively modernise all of its sheltered housing services and to offer instead a new retirement housing service.
Bield believes its retirement housing provides accommodation and tenancy support in specially designed property that is affordable, sustainable and better suited to the individual.
The new service was initially launched across 19 Bield developments in Edinburgh, Fife and Argyll & Bute. Learning on the experience from the first services to move to this service, Bield is now driving forward with a roll out of the model across 32 developments in 10 other regions.
By 2015, 79 Bield developments across Scotland will deliver the retirement housing model.
Amanda Miller, Bield’s director of housing services, said: “Sheltered housing has been at the forefront of Bield’s services for more than 40 years.
“But the way we look after our older people is changing. In addition, older people are living longer – and want to remain in their own homes and receive personalised services.
“As part of this emerging trend, local authorities are also changing their approach to sheltered housing and are increasingly moving away from funding these services. Funding from local authorities and Housing Support grants also differs across Scotland, making it difficult to operate a consistent sheltered housing model.
“In recognising these factors, we realised this created the perfect opportunity to review and adapt our sheltered housing to ensure we provide housing and tenancy support services that are affordable and available long into the future.
“Retirement Housing allows us to move away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and confusing funding structure, to give people a personalised tenancy service that is tailored to meet their specific needs.”