Options appraisal for community retirement housing in Glasgow

Sheltered pics 002Linthouse Housing Association (LHA) has commissioned an options appraisal to review its sheltered housing services.

With the well-being of older residents at heart, LHA has appointed consultants to examine a range of options within its sheltered housing in the communities of Linthouse, Drumoyne and Langlands, where there are concentrations of poor health, low incomes, high housing densities, and an ageing population.

The Association is aiming to carry out a comprehensive review and has appointed ARK Consultancy to guide a process of exploring and evaluating the future options for services and accommodation, both to respond to funding challenges but also to secure the right approach for local people going forward.

ARK Consultancy has a proven track record in this type of work and has undertaken many similar exercises elsewhere across the UK and LHA wanted this breadth of experience to be allied to careful consultation with local people and thorough analysis of local circumstances to help achieve the best solution.

LHA’s chief executive officer, Irene Campbell, said the appraisal is “pioneering and very important work”.

She added: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking this research forward and this will be done in full consultation with both tenants and staff within our sheltered housing.”

ARK’s Scotland based director, John Paterson, said: “We’re very pleased to be selected by LHA to help guide its thinking and its plans for this crucial service. We will be working with residents, staff, committee members and others over the course of the review and option appraisal work. We will all need to be imaginative in order to find the best way forward for community retirement housing in the area.”

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