Sheltered housing changes on track

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COUNCILLORS are to receive an update this week on new arrangements in Aberdeenshire’s sheltered housing complexes.

They were introduced earlier this year and a report evaluating their impact will be discussed by the Social Work and Housing Committee.

Around 1,500 people who need housing support to help them maintain independence live in Aberdeenshire Council’s 63 sheltered housing complexes.

The new model of support takes account of the Scottish Government’s policies of Reshaping Care for Older People and the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services.

The support now includes new mobile teams of sheltered housing staff to support tenants and a specific cleaning service as well as an equal access to service across Aberdeenshire and this followed a decision made by councillors in 2011.

The local authority has been working closely with tenants, staff and trades unions throughout the process to engage people in the changes and the reasons for change.

Social work committee chair Councillor Karen Clark said the area was leading on care for the 21st century.”