OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

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After a short break, the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign returns, with this week’s focus surrounding the idea of living well.

Supported housing balances affordable prices with dedicated and often personalised services to help those experiencing mental and physical health problems receive the care and support they need in their tenancies and throughout their recovery.

The benefits of supported housing for our vulnerable clients are endless, and the emphasis on ensuring we support people through hard times also helps relieve some of the pressures on the NHS and other public services.

High quality housing promotes better physical and mental health for individuals. A clean and safe environment is pivotal for ensuring people can begin to turn their lives around and start to build a positive future.

Now, more than ever, as our services are going the extra mile, supporting those who are leaving hospital is hugely important to vulnerable people that need support and guidance through difficult times.

This care and guidance can be seen in our Bradford Respite Intermediate Care Support Service (BRICSS), which is a home from hospital scheme for people who are homeless or living in unsuitable accommodation and are being discharged from hospital.

BRICSS provides temporary accommodation for vulnerable people who are leaving hospital, to help free up much needed beds. The service offers practical and emotional support and help to people who don’t have anywhere suitable to live after being discharged.

With 13 en-suite rooms with wheelchair access, and a range of communal facilities, the BRICSS service works in close partnership with the local hospital Pathway team, who identify and refer patients who are in need of the service, and Bevan Healthcare who provide clinical support to the residents.

BRICSS was a finalist in the UK Housing Awards in 2015 in the ‘Meeting Specialist Housing Needs’ category, as well as winning the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category in the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards 2015.

The tremendous dedication and support shown around the clock by our staff is vital in taking strain off the NHS and showing there is always help out there for people who feel like they have nowhere else to turn.

For more from the #HomesattheHeart campaign, click here.