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Alternative Housing For Older People A Success


8:30am 28th March 2014

Alternative housing for older people with needs in Blandford, has been hailed a success by experts.

Trailway Court opened in 2011 as an alternative to traditional residential care and was closely monitored by the County Council.

People live there independently with a wide range of services and support on hand.

All tenants have reported feeling safer and have more opportunities to do the things they enjoy.

National Housing Providers and The Learning Improvement Network, has given Trailway Court the stamp of approval.

One woman talked about her late 95 year old mother, who prior to moving into Trailway Court had a long hospital stay, then returned to her previous accommodation where she was unable to manage the stairs.  

She said:  "My mother recovered her freedom, her independence and her confidence. She was really enjoying a new lease of life."

A man spoke about his father who has dementia.  He said: "Living at Trailway Court is a palace to live in. …it is such a friendly and inclusive place to live (I call it the Trailways family). People are all brilliant in helping."

Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member of adult social care at Dorset County Council, said:

"Extra care housing is the latest development in care for older people and this project is testament to all the efforts from the staff involved.  They work hard to make sure older people who want to continue living in their own home can retain their independence with the right support.

"Extra care housing is a real alternative to residential and nursing care and the council has an ambitious aim to deliver more of these schemes across the county."

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