New supported living scheme with assistive technology could be the care home of the future

15 February 2018

A proposal for specialised supported accommodation which will see adults with sensory impairment live more independently in technology-assisted homes, has been approved by Cabinet.


Clement Close in Brondesbury Park is a new supported living scheme developed by the council, containing 12 fully self-contained units that will benefit tenants who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted.


The scheme ties in with the council's digital strategy and one of Adult Social Care's key objectives to provide an alternative to residential care, which supports people to live as independently as possible.


Unlike traditional homes with a 'one size fits all' model, Clement Close has been specifically designed to provide long-term accommodation which will respond to the specific and changing needs of the tenant.


For example, each of the 12 new homes features colour contrast rooms, flashing fire alarms, and built-in assistive technology and video entry phone systems.


The flexible system means that it can adapt to the changing needs of those with visual and auditory impairment, and be suitable for those with other health needs such as dementia.


Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:


"The scheme is a great step forward of what Brent can offer to disabled people with a range of needs. By embracing technological progress, we are providing much-needed personalised accommodation which would have not been possible before.


I am proud of the high standard of design at Clement Close and I look forward to welcoming tenants to quality homes where they can enjoy active health and more control on how they live."


The scheme will contribute savings of approximately £200k per annum towards the council's NAIL (New Accommodation for Independent Living) programme which enables tenants to live more independently while being appropriately supported.


Following Cabinet approval, the support contract start date to staff the scheme is set for March 2018 for an initial period of four years.