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Ministers open new £3.8 million Cedar Court Supported Housing Scheme

By Oonagh Todd
Published on: 13 June, 2013

Health Minister Edwin Poots and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland jointly opened Cedar Court supported housing development in Downpatrick.

The official opening of Cedar Court

The official opening of Cedar Court

Trinity Housing has been committed to the delivery of Social and Supported Housing throughout Northern Ireland. The provision of evidenced based Supported Housing has enabled those with mental ill health, learning disability, frail elderly and dementia to enjoy having their own home while being supported by our partner organisations.

Cedar Court, Downpatrick, is Trinity Housing’s most recent supported housing scheme which celebrated its official opening on Thursday 13th June. The scheme enables older tenants who may be frail or experiencing mild dementia the opportunity to live in their own apartments with 24 hour staff support along with assistive technology to promote and maximise independence and safe living.

Trinity Housing worked with a number of partners on this project from The South Eastern Trust, NIHE’s Supporting People, the Department for Health and the Department for Social Development. This innovative and award winning scheme ensures tenants can remain in their own home for as long as possible reducing the likelihood of  Residential, Nursing Home or hospital admission.

The development of bespoke supported housing schemes for older people such as Cedar Court  by Housing Associations, will be pivotal in ensuring optimum choice of accommodation is available to our elderly population.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Poots said:

“In Northern Ireland we have the fastest growing elderly population in the UK. Demographic changes have a very specific impact on demand for Health and Social Care services. As outlined in Transforming Your Care, our goal must be to ensure that older people are given every chance to live their lives to the full and as independently as possible.

“I believe Cedar Court is an example of the type of facility we want to see more of – tailored to meet the needs of its residents, maintaining their independence, but with support in place should they need it.”

Minister Poots added:

“Cedar Court is testament to what can be achieved when organisations work in partnership to meet the needs of the local population.”

Cedar Court has been designed to allow residents to live independently in their own apartments comprising a living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms, and bathroom. It aims to promote a sense of well being and create maximum choice for those living in the scheme.

Minister McCausland said:

“This is a magnificent scheme that has been designed with the needs of the residents clearly foremost in the decision making process. It is a good example of what can be achieved when two departments and other stakeholders work together to make independent living in the community a reality.

“Tenants at Cedar Court can now experience that independent living whilst at the same time benefitting from the reassurance of care and support from dedicated staff. Trinity Housing is to be congratulated for building this award winning development. I wish all the residents well in their new homes.”

Ian Kirkpatrick, Chairman of Trinity said:

“Trinity Housing is extremely proud of Cedar Court, a housing scheme which delivers on many levels. This development incorporates all the key requirements for the residents while positively impacting the locality. Cedar Court is a shining example of how service users can benefit from collaborative working, and we are delighted with the outcome that this partnership between Trinity Housing, the Trust and the Departments have produced.”

 

Note to editors:

  1. The 24 unit scheme cost £3.8 million. The Department for Social Development funded £3.3 million in grant through the Housing Executive and Trinity Housing funded £0.5 million through private financing.
  2. Trinity Housing exists to provide social housing and housing support services throughout Northern Ireland.  Trinity Housing develop, manage and maintain rented accommodation for the following categories: general needs; housing for the elderly and various models of supported housing for people with special needs.
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