The Council has purchased two bungalows in a bid to offer improved housing services to its residents and ease the pressure on the NHS and Adult Social Care provision in the District.
It is the first time this type of accommodation has ever been offered by the District Council and was made possible via the Better Care Fund – a funding program that spans the NHS and Local Government to assist with housing and health initiatives.
This new accommodation will provide a temporary home for people who cannot leave hospital until their own home has been adapted or a permanent housing solution has been found for them. They will also provide short-term accommodation for vulnerable residents who have previously found it difficult to sustain a tenancy. These residents will be supported until they have the life skills to move on to secure rented accommodation.
Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These properties are a vital addition by the Council’s Housing Needs Team and will really make a difference to people’s lives. It also helps to provide a more joined up service between the NHS and Adult Social Care as part of the new Accountable Care Partnership.”
“By providing temporary accommodation like this, we can help to free up more hospital beds and get residents home a lot quicker than they may previously have been able to, and help to improve their quality of life with the new adaptations they may need to live in their own homes for longer.
“The properties will also allow us and Adult Social Care to provide essential support to vulnerable individuals and families who have previously found it difficult to sustain a tenancy, by providing them with the necessary financial, social and practical skills.”
The properties are managed independently of the Council’s own stock, via the Housing Needs Team. This will ensure the accommodation is made available to the most vulnerable applicants, based on their level of health requirements.
A partnership arrangement has also been established with the NHS, which seeks to join-up housing, health and care services, a move that could potentially save the NHS more than £290k per year.
One overnight stay in hospital is estimated to cost the NHS in excess of £400 per patient, (source data.gov.uk). Therefore, just one week in this type of accommodation could potentially save the NHS £2,800 per person, which is £145,600 saving per annum, per property.
Last Updated on Thursday, April 25, 2019