Work has begun to give a disused building in Leeds a new lease of life and help vulnerable residents across the city.
The council-owned building on Clarence Road in Leeds has started its transformation into the new £2.1m Assistive Techonology Hub, which has been welcomed by those it aims to help.
It will become a “one stop centre” for a range of services including the Leeds Community Equipment Service which provides equipment for daily living and nursing needs at home.
Services which provide adaptations, such as handrails, will also be based in the hub, alongside departments who liaise with the voluntary sector.
Ruth Coffey, of Woodhouse, is a carer for her son Bodhi, 39, who has severe disabilties. She said the move to combine related services under one roof will be an “enormous advantage”.
She said: “This is solving an awful lot of problems that service users and carers find in trying to achieve the independence of living, to remain in their own homes. We have had difficulty in getting people to co-ordinate services. They’ve been scattered across the city but this will bring the whole thing under one roof.”
For Bodhi, she said the new building will help organise replacement wheelchairs when the time comes, co-ordinate moving railings around in their house and help them access information on physiotherapy.
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “This Assistive Technology Hub will be a one-stop centre which will give our residents access to more personalised services as well as greater choice and control.”
The hub, which will house the council’s blue badge assessment facilities, will also be the home of the authority’s state-of-the-art Telecare service.
The system allows older or vulnerable residents to live safely and independently at home by monitoring them 24 hours a day using sensors and alarms.
The building is due to be completed this autumn.