Speaking after a meeting of Lisburn City Council Planning Committee at which senior Housing Executive staff made a presentation, Alliance Party Councillor Brian Dornan welcomed the commitment of the NIHE Chief Executive, Mags Lightbody, to improving services for older people.
Councillor Dornan had commended the work of the Housing Executive and housing associations in making it possible for older people to continue to live in a home of their own rather than having to move to a care home but called for more innovation.
“Relatively simple services can be the key to making older people feel supported and less anxious”, he said. “Examples of what people would welcome are having a bag of rubbish collected from the door of their flat, and simple repairs such as lightbulb replacement. These tasks can be a worry and a problem for older people who may not have a lot of family help. Such services cost very little but mean a lot.”
Ms Lightbody had explained to the Committee that she had experience in a Scottish local authority of working in a joint housing and social services department. She would do all she could to encourage close working together of housing and health and social services. She agreed on the importance of services such as Councillor Dornan had suggested and said that she would be encouraging such developments by housing associations.
Alliance Party Councillor
Lisburn City Council