Our promises: older people
- RBH would be able to invest more in improving services for older people.
- Improved older peoples accommodation and new homes development.
- Encourage older tenants to use IT.
- RBH would help elderly and disabled tenants, particularly in relation to works in sheltered housing (now known as independent living) schemes.
What we've delivered - older people
We're thrilled to have opened our flagship Hare Hill extra care scheme in summer 2015. The building has received many design award accolades including Housing Lin, Rochdale Design awards winner, and is now about to be featured in a new Royal Institute of British Architects journal. Many of the features were as a result of working with RBH tenants to identify and deliver on the delivery of designs they would like to see featured in the scheme.
We're partnered with Pennine Acute NHS Trust to deliver our step up / step down scheme to develop safe discharge from hospital to a temporary independent living schemes whilst a permanent home is made ready and support networks are in place. This enables people homes to be improved and networks and accommodation to work together to sustain and support people longer term
Level access showers and bathrooms have been installed as standard in all Independent Living schemes ensuring disabled older people can have the best possible facilities in their homes to support their needs. Recently one tenant living at Derrick Walker Court, needed as upgrade to her bathroom as the bathroom was no longer to sustain her needs in line with DDA requirements. She thought that she would be responsible for having the work undertaken herself, and received quotes from building contractors of over £6,000. However as soon as RBH found out about this issue the installation of a new bathroom was pursued and this resulted in a fully equipped bathroom being installed and a high saving for the tenant.
RBH response provides technology, responder and support services to people living in their own homes or in RBH homes in the community. RBH Response can install innovative technology solutions to keep people safe whilst enabling their independence whilst living in the community.
Some of our highlights...
Step up and step down
In September 2016, working in partnership RBH and Pennine Acute NHS Trust commenced a pilot project to provide a Step Up / Step Down service to help reduce bed blocking because of housing need. The initial pilot project uses 3 homes in our Independent Living schemes across the Borough. Click here to find out more.
RBH Response - Geo Fences
Our response team have been pioneering the use of "geo fences" to enable tenants with dementia to retain their independence whilst providing reassurance for families. Geo-fences send alerts to the family of our tenants with dementia if they unexpectedly wander away from their home - providing a sense of security and independence for both our tenants and their families.
Hare Hill Extra Care Scheme
We are proud to have opened the borough’s first purpose-built Extra Care scheme, Hare Hill, at Littleborough. Hare Hill opened in 2015 and marked a defining moment in the way that the borough cares for older people.
The scheme includes 41 two-bed and two one-bed apartments and enables residents to lead independent lives with the reassurance that help is available whenever needed. A dedicated care team together with a range of assistive technology tailored to individual needs enable our tenants to retain their independence.
The Extra Care scheme also has a community café and hair salon (both of which are open to the local community), an attractive garden, facilities for residents to pursue hobbies and interests and a comfortable lounge area. In addition it offers easy access to local amenities such as the beautiful Hare Hill Park, the library and shops.
Hare Hill is run in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council which has appointed a care provider. The Extra Care facility is available to all homeowners and tenants who have the appropriate care requirements. Find out more about how to apply.
Your Most Memorable Moments
Getting involved in our celebrations
In April, May and June we'll be sharing with you what we're done to keep the 50 promises we made when we took over ownership of the homes formerly owned by the Council. We’ll post information online and via social media and invite you to send in your ‘Most Memorable Moments’ (your MMMs) of the past five years.
Your most memorable moment might be something that was life changing - like moving into your home or starting work for RBH. It might be something that had a big impact: new kitchen or bathroom or meeting a new neighbour or colleague. It may be something that was difficult: the floods last Christmas spring to mind or an emergency repair. It might be equally be something very simple.
We want to know what stands out in your memory. We want to hear your stories. We will add your MMM comments and photos to each promise to create an online album to share everyone’s experiences. We will showcase the album at our “All Together” Annual Members Meeting on 12 September.
As an added bonus, everyone who submits a memory will be entered into a draw to win £200 in shopping vouchers!