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  1. Housing Options –Support for Choice David Rubick Agency Manager – Anchor Staying Put Dorset Presentation to Lemos & Crane workshop 8 October 2009

  2. Housing Options • Introduction- Anchor -who are we? • What is Housing Options? • Developing the caseworker role • Success and constraints • The future in a changing world • Discussion?

  3. Anchor • Anchor Staying Put in Dorset – part of • Anchor Staying Put – part of • Anchor At Home – part of • Anchor Trust – • Largest provider of housing and care services in England

  4. What is Housing Options • Service that provides: Bespoke Advice, Support, Information, Advocacy, Signposting and Practical Help for older people living in poor or unsuitable housing and/or considering options for “moving on” • Tenure blind • Not means tested

  5. HOUSING OPTIONS- The Choices • General Housing Stock-bungalow, flat, house • Sheltered Housing • Extra Care Housing • Residential Care • Shared Ownership • Private Rented • Family • Social tenancy Transfer

  6. Successful Caseworking • Bespoke advice, support, information, advocacy • Identify options; Provide details; Create links • Support informed decision making • Support applications • Processors or advocates?

  7. Moving? • Identify preferences • Identify options & support network • Support client’s informed decision • Help with Choice Based Lettings applications • Help arrange moving preparation • Utilities; boxing up; removals companies etc • Help set dates

  8. Staying Put? • Identify options • Arrange for needs assessment • Link to appropriate service/agency • Longer term adaptation? • Short term small repairs/ handyperson? • Identify timescales • Monitor link-up

  9. Constraints & Distractions • Unreasonable expectations: • Choice Based Lettings? • Free removal & packaging service? • Alternative to statutory service provider?

  10. Future • Customer or commissioner led? • Future HIA • Support for choice • Putting people first • Individualised budgets • Lifetime homes, lifetime neighbourhoods

  11. Future Development • Enhanced service linking to Health etc • Aftercare • Crisis Support pilot • Health and Handyperson pilot • Linked & integrated services • Move on from means tested services

  12. Housing Options • Questions?

  13. Housing Options –Support for Choice David Rubick Agency Manager – Anchor Staying Put Dorset Presentation to Lemos & Crane workshop 8 October 2009