In a landscape where £ 7million people have been diagnosed with Parkinson disease and with a 28 per cent increase expected by 2020 in the UK alone; there is a growing need for housing providers and local authorities to provide preventative measures to help improve the health and well-being for the over-55s.
Hanover Housing Association in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council has launched a reablement guest suite at Ashby Meadows in Scunthorpe.
This new form of short-stay accommodation supports the user to live independently in the purpose built extra care housing development for up to two weeks whilst their progress and care needs are being fully assessed by Adult Social Services
The guest suite comes complete with a double bed, kitchen facilities and an ensuite shower room. In addition, users benefit from the 24-hour on-site care team that can respond to emergency calls made using a pull cord alarm system and the user’s personal alarm pendant.
One of the first guests to use the suite was Scunthorpe local Harold Baines. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2007 Harold continued to be as independent as possible however his mobility has deteriorated significantly over this time, the 57-year-old decided that he needed to find a suitable place to live which would help him cope with his present and future care needs.
He said: “I have to admit I was quite apprehensive at first as I had been living in my previous flat for many years. However, I was living in a ground floor flat that was a rather cramped heritage property which could not be adapted to my needs so I really had to find something that would help me to continue to live as independently as possible
“At Ashby Meadows I was given access to fantastic guest room facilities, and I enjoyed eating regular meals at the on-site restaurant. In addition, I was able to meet other residents at the regular coffee mornings, entertainment evenings and games sessions that took place.”
During his two weeks stay in the guest suite, a property became available at Ashby Meadows, meaning Mr Baines was able to become a permanent resident on the estate shortly before Christmas.
Tom Brown, Hanover’s Regional Director for the North said: “This is a great example of one of the many ways Hanover is working with local authorities and care providers to deliver joined-up services which reach out to local communities. By providing high-quality support tailored to individual needs we are helping make a real difference.”
Since moving to Ashby Mr Baines enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and catching up with the latest fishing hints at tips with his new found friends at the estate.