This is One Manchester’s first development for older people living with Alzheimers, dementia and similar conditions for affordable rent.
The 12 bungalows, a mixture of one and two-bed homes with communal gardens, have been thoughtfully designed with safe communal spaces incorporating new technology to assist with independent living and located close to amenities in Openshaw. This development provides secure, well designed new affordable rented homes were older people can feel safe and live independently for longer.
"This is proof of an Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and for me", explained the Mayor, "this is what 21st century housing should be all about. People with dementia, or with complex needs and disabilities are in housing that is putting them at risk, and I think we've got to work together, all of us, to address that.
"When I talk about an Age-Friendly Greater Manchester, this is exactly what I have in mind".
The developments will be self-contained, allowing the residents to retain their sense of independence and ultimately keeping people out of care home environment for longer. The design of the bungalows also means there are additional social benefits to the residents such as allowing couples to stay together longer, and working to reduce social isolation, which is a big factor in declining mental health.
In terms of the access to support, the developments are close to facilities and services that are dedicated to help those living with age related degenerative diseases. The project also has close links with Dementia United, a health care provider that is dedicated to making Greater Manchester the best place in the world for dementia care.
The homes are specifically designed to have a simple layout, with their own washing machine and walk-in showers. They will all share a communal lounge space designed to encourage socializing, in the form of external sun corridor joining properties. The bungalows are designed to let as much light in as possible, with main windows facing towards gardens to address social isolation.
Other design features include glazed see-through panels on kitchen cupboards so the resident can see through and recognise contents, sensor lighting in main bedroom, as well as differently coloured rendering on the homes so that they are easily recognisable from the outside.