New supported living facility in Ballycastle

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The first steps have been taken in the development of a new state-of-the-art supported living facility in Ballycastle with the appointment of APEX Housing Association.

The new unit will provide a much needed supported living facility for older people across the Northern Trust area.

he new modern domestic style supported living facility will provide housing for up to 26 tenants in apartments that are specifically designed to meet their individual needs. These are people who have been assessed as having complex needs, and who require more care and support than that which is available in, for example, sheltered accommodation.

This scheme is an innovative form of supported housing developed through effective partnership working between the Northern Trust, APEX Housing Association and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). As well as offering housing specifically designed to meet the individual needs of tenants, residents will also receive personal care where appropriate from care staff. Residents will have the help of housing support workers who will work on-site to promote their independence and help them maintain their own tenancies and social links with the community.

The new supported living facility will replace the existing Rathmoyle Residential Home in Ballycastle.

Una Cunning, Director Primary and Community Care for Older People’s Services said: “Many older people have told us that they want to continue to lead independent lives with support services available as and when they need them.

“The new accommodation will provide older people with the option of living within a close community setting with flexibility about the nature of support and care they need and having the benefits of being a home owner or tenant. This supported housing development will provide older people with the opportunity to live safely, securely and independently, but will allow for the provision of care and support services that are tailored to individual assessed needs. Supported living combines all the advantages of living in your own home with the benefits of access to on-site support and care teams.

“This will be delivered in a way that allows the tenants to increase or decrease the level of support they need as their circumstances change”.

APEX Housing Association has been appointed to develop the new supported living facility and the process of appointing architects to design the building has now started.

The Trust along with a local stakeholder group and Supporting People have been working to develop a suitable alternative to the current home for the past number of years.