Benefits of living in our supported housing
Almshouses are a form of charitable supported housing provided for potentially vulnerable people. Most residents are typically older people who wish to maintain an independent lifestyle.
Typically, individual almshouses are small organisations which have developed from medieval benevolent beginnings, linked to guilds or to particular localities. Overall, there are some 2,000 separate almshouses nationally, supporting over 35,000 people.
Each resident will live in self-contained accommodation units with communal facilities. Rather than rent, residents pay a form of maintenance contribution for the accommodation and services received.
Day-trips and outings for our residents are organised on a regular basis, some of which are laid on in conjunction with other local like-minded organisations.
Support for our Residents
Once a resident has moved into our accommodation, our Scheme Manager and Deputy will work together with the resident to develop a Support Plan. This includes contact details for the next of kin, GP and professional agencies that provide support and care, together with any other relevant information. This helps to ensure residents are provided with the most appropriate assistance to enable them to stay independent and look after their health. Residents will then be supported to achieve the outcomes identified and the Plan will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Our Scheme Manager and Deputy make regular visits to all the residents at Church Street, as well as the other groups of almshouses, and they keep a caring eye on the residents, providing neighbourly assistance when required. With the help and support of residents' families and friends, they will do their utmost to ensure that each of our residents retains their independence and lives as full a life as possible.
Frequency of visits will vary according to the chosen accommodation, but residents will be helped to keep their home secure and they will be signposted to agencies and other services which could help to improve their quality of life.
Every property is also equipped with a 'Lifeline' emergency telephone unit which enables a resident to summon help at any time of the day or night.