The Scottish Borders, like many other areas in Scotland, is experiencing increasing demand for housing and services suitable for older people. While the majority of older people want to stay in their own home as they age, some people require more intense care, and the challenges of providing home care in rural and remote areas such as the Borders are considerable.
The Council and its housing association partners wanted to consider the feasibility of commissioning more ‘Extra Care Housing’ in the Borders. The consultancy team – Anna Evans, Mandy Littlewood and Andrea Paterson evaluated the outcomes from Dovecot Court, an Extra Care Housing development provided by Eildon Housing Association in Peebles. The model offers the possibility of higher levels of care, but based on self-contained flats, rather than residential care. The consultancy team estimated the potential demand for this type of housing across the Borders, and developed a business and funding case for future provision.
Scottish Borders Council has now approved a plan for around 150 new homes, with major investment of around £40m in this type of housing model. The first developments will be in Duns – 30 homes to be developed by Trust Housing Association, and in Galashiels – 30 homes by Eildon Housing Association.