We have been hearing a lot lately how young professionals and families have been struggling when it comes to paying rent or getting on the property ladder, however we often forget that those who are retired are also struggling to find ways to pay the rent, especially as the cost of living is so high. Many people that saved up for years may now find that what they thought would last them for a long period of time is now not enough to keep them living in good-quality accommodation, which is why a new housing scheme has been set up for over fifty-fives in Stockwood, Bristol.
Bluebell Gardens in Holloway Road was created by the housing association Housing 21 and is made up of 61 one and two bedroom apartments all with affordable rent prices or shared ownership possibilities. The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main opened the housing project and also presented it with a commemorative plaque, before commenting on how pleased he was with the housing scheme. He said: “Extra care housing can provide the best of both worlds. It offers everything traditional residential care can, but also has significantly more to offer in respect of accommodation and facilities.”
“It is for people who need support, but it also an attractive choice for people who simply need some extra help with day to day living or who anticipate they may need support in the future. Bluebell Gardens has the best of what this housing has to offer in the heart of a Bristol community. I hope to see many more developments in the city like this that offer older people a choice of housing options.” Meanwhile, one resident of Bluebell Gardens, 65 year old John Ahearne said: “It’s really lovely and it was definitely the right move for me. I get regular care and a fantastic team. I can stay in and be quiet if I want to be but when I step outside there is always someone to talk to. Having the second bedroom means that my three sons and four grandchildren can come and stay over.”
Landlords who have elderly tenants should make sure that they try to talk to them if they are experiencing financial problems, especially as landlord policies with rent guarantee insurance can help cover the costs if the tenant falls into rental arrears. By talking to your elderly tenants you may be able to find a way to help them with their rent payments, and it will also give you a better idea on their needs for the future.