Adult Social Care, Housing Services and Highways are working together to improve housing and grounds so that tenants and home owners have improved access and services to their homes, and can live more independently in their community.
Barbara Williams, a resident at Y Dalar said:
“It will be lovely to sit in the garden to speak with my neighbours. The paths are absolutely great and allows me confidence to walk a little farther – if my legs will take me! Lovely to see the garden tidy and accessible.”
Are you worried about stepping outside your front door? Unable to put your recycling out? Or even get to the shops for a pint of milk?
For many older people, or those with a disability, these are daily issues. The council, with funding support from Welsh Government via the Intermediate Care Fund have improved Older Peoples accommodation through the Fit for Purpose project.
The project has made alterations and improvements at accommodation in Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Berriew, Knighton, Brecon and other areas across the county.
The project team from Housing Services spoke to residents and listened to what means most to them, and what needed to change to improve their home and outside area.
The team then brought together staff and services to design the alterations, and work together to improve the accommodation. Everyone enjoyed the challenge of working together to make a real difference in such a short time.
The work has ranged from adaptations to help people move around more confidently and freely in their homes, walk in shower rooms and remodelled kitchens. Outside steps and paths have been removed or ramped, and gardens have been re-landscaped and planted with flowers and shrubs.
One gentlemen who has been very happy with adaptations made to his flat is Mr Evans of Y Dalar in Machynlleth. Mr Evan’s mobility isn’t what it once was and he found it difficult to move around his bathroom and shower.
Alma Gabriel, our Occupational Therapist spoke to Mr Evans and came up with a design to suit his needs. Alma wasted no time in talking to the project manager and contractor who would carry out the work. Within weeks Mr Evans had a new bathroom that he now feels confident to move around in, shower safely and be more independent.
This adjustment to Mr Evans' flat has reduced the need for more intensive support or care from social services that he may have otherwise needed.
Mr Evans said “Alma got everything changed. It means a lot to me as I’m not afraid of going for a shower any more. I used to dread it before in case I had a fall. I have more confidence to do things now.”
We are delighted that our project has made significant improvements both inside and out for many of our older peoples accommodation in Powys. We will aim to build upon this success in other areas of the county.