Charity Gets £12m To Build Accessible Smart Homes
The Scottish Government has approved a £12m loan to specialist housing and care provider Blackwood Homes and Care to enable the construction of 160 smart homes for disabled people in Scotland.
The government’s charitable bond scheme chose the care organisation because of its ability to improve the quality of disabled people’s lives, given them an opportunity to live independently at home, according to Access and Mobility Professional.
The new homes will include electronic sliding doors, underfloor heating, solar panels, and electric blinds. There will also be rise and fall surfaces and cupboards in the kitchen, and a fully accessible bathroom.
The smart appliances will be integrated into CleverClogs, Blackwood’s personal care digital platform. This can be used to control heating and lighting, as well as provide video calling services, and schedule appointments and medication reminders.
Debbie Collins, finance director at Blackwood, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this backing from Allia C&C. This will enable us to deliver more accessible housing across Scotland. There is huge demand for these homes and with an ageing population we need to build more for all of our futures.”
The Scottish Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart said that the new homes will provide better choice and adaptability for people living with disabilities, as well as their families, and improve the quality of their independent living.
“Everyone deserves a home that suits their needs, and that’s why we’re investing in charitable bonds to deliver more affordable, accessible and efficient homes across Scotland. To date, our £172 million investment in the programme has provided development finance for over 1,200 affordable homes,” he said.
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