STAFFORD people with learning and physical disabilities will be given the help they need to live independently in a home of their own as part of a pioneering new project.
A new housing development in Hilderstone Road will see seven apartments tailor made for individuals identified as needing homes with access to 24-hour care.
Working closely with the prospective tenants and their families, the interiors of the apartments will be individually designed to meet the specific needs of the people set to live in them.
Staffordshire County Councillor Matthew Ellis, cabinet member for adult wellbeing, said: “Whatever individual challenges people face, they should be able to live as independent a life as possible if that is what they want to do.
“These new homes will give people with disabilities far more independence whilst providing care and support in the background, as and when needed,” he said. “It’s developments such as these that show the county council’s commitment to enabling people to have choice and control over where and how they live, and how we are doing everything we can to ensure that their needs are catered for in a holistic way, not just as a result of their condition.”
The £8.5 million project, which will see another site developed in Stoke on Trent, is being funded by the Department of Health, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke on Trent City Council and housing charity Sanctuary who will also be working on the development.
The homes will be built by Seddon Construction and 24-hour care for the residents will be provided by health and social care organisation, Turning Point.
Rowan Kirk, Sanctuary’s Director of Development for the North, said: “Throughout the project we will be working with the new tenants and their families to make sure we have done everything possible to help residents live happily and comfortably in their new homes.”