Healthy Lives, Healthy Homes is a partnership project between Feel Good Factor – the lead and accountable body – Care and Repair Leeds and Leeds Black Elders.

The aim of the project is to promote and support active, healthy independent living for older people residing in the ethnically diverse areas of Chapeltown and Harehills. By providing a seamless project with locally based organisations working together, we enable older people to better retain and maintain their health, independence and control through the provision of a preventative service which supports and enables them to live independently in their own homes.

The areas stipulated have a high BME population and emphasis is placed on targeting older people from BME communities in poor health, with long term conditions including dementia and carers and those with housing needs that exacerbate their condition, who would not normally access mainstream provision.

The project works in partnership with statutory, voluntary organisations and housing providers in the area to avoid duplication and improve efficiency, resulting in a more co-ordinated approach to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

Feel Good Factor provides the physical and emotional support aspect of the project by providing peer mentoring and support, advocacy, provision of activities that enables the growth of social and support networks for older people who have become socially isolated either through ill health or caring responsibilities.

Care and Repair visits older people in their homes to assess to their housing needs in terms of being able to live independently. This could be a simple adaptation such as a grab rail or support/advocacy, referral where adaptations/ minor repairs are the housing provider’s responsibility. The caseworker will also take into account any other support needs identified by the older person which will then referred the Healthy Homes, Healthy Lives Coordinator for action.

Leeds Black Elders, provides a decorating and gardening service enabling older people to live safely and comfortably in their homes and support to access to activities including social networks provided by Healthy Lives, Healthy Homes.

For more information contact Zobi Barok, Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Co-ordinator 0113 350 4200.

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