Moving forward in the reshape of care for older people

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Supported housing is to be developed at Kirkriggs Court in Forfar and Andy Stewart Court in Arbroath, Angus Council’s social work and health committee agreed at their meeting last week.

The decision sees a further step in shifting the balance of care from residential care to care at home for older people in Angus.

The move is in line with a best value review of older people’s services in Angus, approved in 2009.

A new supported housing complex is currently under construction at Kinloch, Carnoustie.

Andy Stewart Court, at present a sheltered housing scheme, will be redeveloped as 39 supported housing units to provide for people with higher care needs who would otherwise require to live in a mainstream residential care home.

Current tenants in the sheltered housing complex will still receive the same level of housing support as at present.

However, if their needs increase significantly, they will have their tenancies amended to fully supported tenancy and will no longer require to move into residential care.

Kirkriggs Court is a sheltered housing scheme run by Trust Housing Association, which also has 16 supported tenancies at Beech Hill Court.

Housing support and care services are provided by social work and health.

Under the development proposed for supported housing, an additional 28 supported tenancies will be created, as well as 12 flats for adults with learning disabilities. As at Andy Stewart Court, there will be no disruption to existing tenants.

Convener of social work, councillor Alison Andrews said: “This is another step forward in our policy of expanding the provision of supported housing to secure an adequate supply in the county.

“This initiative, to invest £600,000 in re-provisioning one or more of our sheltered housing schemes to offer homes for life for people with higher care needs who would otherwise have required to move to residential care, is one strand of the Angus Partnership Change Fund proposals for community care.

“The Angus partnership has been allocated a sum of £1.691 million from the Scottish Government’s £70 million Change Fund.”