£1million investment in homes for disabled people
A £1million project in Stafford will create eight homes for people with severe physical disabilities.
The new development on Stone Road will see specially adapted homes built for severely physically disabled people in the Stafford borough who require more suitable housing.
The project is the first special needs development carried out by Stafford and Rural Homes who are working in partnership with Housing Plus and Staffordshire County Council.
Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes, said: “SARH works hard to give people in the borough an independent life and this project will make a real difference to many people living with disabilities.
“We hope this successful partnership will enable us to look at assisting customers to live independently in other parts of Stafford as we continue to provide accommodation that is high quality for people with very differing housing needs in the future.”
The specially adapted independent homes will include communal and 24 hour care facilities on site. There will be a residents’ lounge, kitchen and garden.
The NHS has also provided funding to assist in the specialist care provision needed at the homes.
Allocations will be made to customers who have already been identified and for whom suitable adaptations will be made based on their needs. These allocations will be made in partnership with Staffordshire County Council.
Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: “The development will enable each person to live as part of their local community and, with support, to have opportunities and take part in activities that have not previously been available to them.
“Some of the people have complex needs and have lived in NHS accommodation for many years. While that managed their medical conditions, it is no longer considered an appropriate way of meeting the personal needs that everyone has.”
The scheme is being built by Thomas Vale construction based on architectural designs by Ken Scaddon.