A Leeds Sheltered Housing Scheme has won national recognition at an awards ceremony .
The awards were presented by media star Ann Widdecombe.
Sue Hendry – Senior Scheme Manager said ‘how wonderful that the tenants who live in Hawthorn Mill value where they live and the service they receive, we are delighted’
Hawthorn Mill tenants range from the age of 63-96 years of age.
More than 4000 Tenants from 360 specialist housing schemes helped choose the award winners in a unique process overseen by the national housing charity for older people, Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC).
The Tenants score their (housing scheme/ care home) on a variety of statements relating to both the quality of the property and the care, support and general sense of wellbeing they enjoy there.
To make the process more entertaining the statements are written on cards, effectively allowing the Tenants to form small groups and play a card game while actually scoring their housing and contributing to the awards process. They evaluated their accommodation on the basis of location, building quality, their own apartments or rooms, services and lifestyle.
Specific factors under these headings included:
- Whether Tenants feel part of their wider community
- The level of privacy they can enjoy when they wish
- Whether their views are sought and taken account of
- Staff attitudes towards Tenants
- The opportunity for social activities and other interaction with fellow Tenants or neighbours
- The space, natural light and design quality of their home.
One tenant said ‘ Hawthorn Mill is a lovely place to live , the card game was fun I really enjoyed listening to other peoples views too’
Tenants rated Hawthorn Mill Sheltered Housing particularly highly in
- Consultation – 1stplace out of 127 in the region and 1st place out of 1126 in the UK
- Links with the Community – 1stplace out of 107 in the region and 1st place out of 1126 in the UK
- Privacy – 1stplace out of 107 in the region and 1st place out of 1136 in the UK
EAC Chief Executive, John Galvin, underlined the importance of the Awards. “They continue to convey a strong, positive message about the success of retirement housing and housing-with-care, and also to celebrate the fact that provision is becoming more diverse”.
Legal & General, who have sponsored the event since their beginning in 2010, welcomed another year’s Awards Ceremony. “We are glad this year to welcome another large contingent of the Tenants of housing for later life. They are at the centre of the EAC Awards helping us to understand what makes for good retirement housing.”