Anne Taylor, chief executive of Thorngate Almshouse Trust, responding to questions from the Southern Daily Echo said today:
“It is clear that local authorities face increasing budgetary restraint and the financial challenges will only increase in the coming months. The Supporting People funding is no longer ring-fenced; the protection having been removed by central government. The challenge for sheltered housing providers, in the face of local government cuts to the Supporting People budget, is how to maintain the quality of services without placing undue financial burden on the least well-off residents.
“Well managed sheltered housing schemes help people to live comfortably and with dignity in the familiar surroundings of their own homes and this is key to preventing loneliness and isolation in older age. Encouraging and supporting people to live independently in sheltered housing affords better quality of life, improved mental and physical well-being and relieves stress on hospitals and residential care homes and services.”
Anne added: “Our residents at Thorngate Living repeatedly tell us that the service they value most is our live-in, 24/7 warden service. We have no plans to change our service, nor do we currently have plans to alter the basis upon which we charge for our services. In fact we have almost completed a substantial overhaul and improvement of our emergency call system which is installed in all our properties.”