Analysis of Changes to Support Provision in Sheltered Housing in Wales

Drake, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-5564-0473
Analysis of Changes to Support Provision in Sheltered Housing in Wales. In: Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research, 2013-8-20 - 2013-8-22, Malaysia.

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The provision of support, to enable vulnerable people to maintain independent living, is one of the defining and most appealing features of sheltered housing. However, with current public spending cuts, many counties in the UK are withdrawing or reducing services. This paper analyses the changes currently taking place in support provision in sheltered housing in Wales, one of the countries of the UK with devolved power for social housing, using data collected from interviews with housing officers in 15 counties and secondary sources in the public domain. It was found that the delivery of support is focused on the sheltered housing warden and this was experiencing a trend of switching from a residential 24 hour service to a non-residential, 9 am - 5pm service, with call centre cover outside of this time, and some counties adopting wardens floating between several sites. As changes in warden structures were seen as a key mechanism for reducing the cost of support, a SWOT analysis of each option was performed to see the strategies that could be applied in each case to improve the service and mitigate any weaknesses or threats introduced. The findings of this study should be of value to sheltered housing providers seeking to reduce the cost of their support provision whilst still meeting the tenant’s needs in maintaining independent living.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Date: 2013-08-22 (completed)
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 16:48
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