A remodelled sheltered housing scheme is set to expand

  • A service that remodels traditional sheltered housing will now be further expanded across Scotland. /images/careandsupport.jpg

    Bield, a social care and housing provider has become the first landlord in Scotland to modernise all of its sheltered housing services and offer a new retirement service, reports 24dash.

    Bield believes its retirement housing provides accommodation and tenancy support as it is specially designed to be affordable, sustainable and personalised to each individual.

    The new service was first launched across 19 Bield developments, however developing from the experience of the first services, Bield is now moving forward with the plan to roll out the model across 32 further developments.

    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."

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