It was recognised that to address the number of older people entering care homes would require an increase in the number of alternative housing solutions. While there was Housing with Care within the city, more was required. As a result of the recession we were unable to commission or tap into new housing provision and the current sheltered housing stock would require upgrading.
Increasing the supply of housing suitable for older people is a key priority in the South Lanarkshire Local Housing Strategy, 2012 – 2017, both in terms of meeting current demand and the significant projected increase in the 65+ population. At 31 March 2013, there were 2177 applicants on the council’s housing register for sheltered and amenity housing, with only 273 properties becoming available for let in 2012/13.
Within Inverclyde there are six RSL’s, three of which are national providers which operate specialist housing for disability and older people. There was a lack of a cohesive approach to implementing the local housing strategy across the CHCP therefore dedicated OT time was sought to develop closer working and appropriate processes.
Reviewing and refining processes across services and organisations. Influencing choice based letting to ensure that those who have difficulty engaging with the bidding processes were supported. Working with RSL’s to influence housing allocations and adaptations, and to carry out site surveys to ensure appropriate allocations for those with complex housing needs. Strengthening the links to allow housing colleagues access to CHCP services. Signposting RSL’s to link with 3rd sector organisations to provide social activities within sheltered housing complexes.
To research the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of Stage 3 Housing Adaptations and Very Sheltered Housing. SROI is a stakeholder-informed cost-benefit analysis that uses a broader understanding of value for money. It assigns values to social and environmental outcomes as well as to economic outcomes.
Stage 3 adaptations are modifications to a property to reduce a disabling effect on the tenant, and suit the changing needs of the tenant. Very Sheltered Housing (also termed “Extra Care Housing”) provides enhanced staff cover and additional welfare checks compared to other forms of non-Care Home housing for older and disabled people.