New homes to be Angus care model

CARNOUSTIE’S new supported housing complex will have its first tenants allocated shortly according to Angus Council.

The authority’s neighbourhood services committee met yesterday (Thursday) and were told that tenants for the 28 supported houses in Kinloch Court will be decided in the near future.

The complex, adjacent to the Kinloch Care Centre, will mark a shift in care provision following the council’s best value review of older people’s services in 2009 and will differ from traditional sheltered housing.

Tenants will be those with additional support needs receiving either Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance who previously might have been allocated a residential care place.

There will be enhanced support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from concierge staff on site.

In a further move, the Kinloch model is set to be replicated at Andy Stewart Court in Arbroath and Kirkriggs Court in Forfar.

The convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “The opening of Kinloch Court, and the future changes at Kirkriggs and Andy Stewart Court, marks a major step forward, as we move more towards supported housing and reduce the use of residential care.

“In this way, we are enabling and supporting people to live independently in their own homes, which is what most people want.”