Posted on march 2016
JOHN RICHARDSON CHAIR
SHELTERED HOUSING UK
as a Sheltered housing tenant I make the case. ( why sheltered housing?) it is a vital service that give residents the confidence to downsize freeing up family homes and allowing themselves to live independent lives in their purpose built home for much longer, as long as there is a warden service, acting in the front line for care & advice putting off the day expensive care homes are needed 1 warden can give this kind of service for 60 residents for 12 months at a cost of £450per week.
net cost saved if 1 person goes in home average £600 per week per person
supporting people works the other way gives support for person to remain in a large house by putting in costly additions such as stair lifts showers
leaving the person isolated and lonely except for visits from time pressed carers, cutting off the supply of family homes.
and we have seen cases where that has only been for 12 months.
we need to raise this with our council and mp
now before it is to late.
sheltered housing allows for a steady voluntary vacation of larger homes.
helps with the building of a community preventing isolation and loneliness.
and delays or removes the move into expensive care homes.
if used effectively can reduce cost of carers as large amount of their time is spent getting to and from next person imagine if wardens had small no. of carers under her control how much more efficient the system would be.much reduced travel time more on the job a local team with local knowledge.
it would reduce N.H.S. costs by being aware of early signs.
community based system that helps create social events volunteering and reduces bed blocking.
to sum up it is cost effective it makes sense it is a home for life purpose built for elderly and disabled and a community that supports each other
in summary it is a lifetime home in a lifetime community.