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High Demand For Sheltered Housing In Dorset

Elderly Care

12:14pm 7th January 2015

More housing schemes are needed in Dorset to stop older people being forced to move into residential care.

The County Council is currently supporting 5,000 households in sheltered accommodation - which gives residents access to a support worker 24 hours a day.

They now want to look at how more services can be provided in the future.

Chief Officer from Age UK Dorchester Di Lawrence explains why this service is so important:

She told Wessex FM: "Loads of our clients are living in supported housing. It gives them independence but also it gives them some kind of support."

"It just makes them feel residential care isn't the only answer for the problems of aging."

Sheltered housing schemes consist of self-contained flats or bungalows, often with communal areas and all with access to a support worker. All schemes provide 24-hour emergency help through an alarm system.

The council say they are committed to working in partnership with residents, carers, the voluntary sector, care and housing providers, as well as the private sector to support older people to remain independent in their own homes, avoiding the need for admission to hospital or residential care.

Councillor Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care, told Wessex FM: "There are some great examples of housing schemes for older people in Dorset, and we want to build on this and provide a range of housing options for older people that meet their needs.

"Support for older people to remain independent for as long as possible is one of the key priorities for the county council, and we want to hear people's views on how sheltered housing helps us achieve this."

"We want to invest in services that are affordable, sustainable and, most importantly, better suited to each individual."

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