Categories of Accommodation for the Elderly

There are four categories of accommodation for the elderly including:

  • Category 1 - self-contained accommodation for the more active elderly, which may include an element of scheme supervisor support and/or additional communal facilities
  • Category 2 - scheme supervisor supported self-contained accommodation for the less active elderly, which includes the full range of communal facilities
  • Category 3 – supported extra care accommodation for the frail elderly.  Includes the full range of communal facilities, plus additional special features, including wheelchair user environments and supportive management
  • Category 4 - scheme supervisor supported shared accommodation for the less active elderly with full range of communal facilities

Housing Mix for Self-Contained Accommodation for the Elderly

In schemes specifically designed for the elderly DPG will accept a housing mix for self-contained Category 1 and Category 2 accommodation within the following parameters:

Category 1 (bungalows and flats): subject to no more than 25% of all flats or bungalows being 2-person/2-bedroom units, Category 1 units may be provided as:

  • 1-person/1-bedroom bungalow or flat (35/40 sq m floor area band)
  • 2-person/1-bedroom bungalow or flat (50/55 sq m floor area band)
  • 2-person/2-bedroom bungalow or flat (55/60 sq m floor area band) and/or
  • 3-person/2-bedroom bungalow or flat (60/65) sq m floor area band)

Note: 3-person/2-bedroom bungalow or flat provision will not attract the supplementary multiplier for common room and or associated communal facilities.

Category 2 Flats (and Category 1 flats where a resident or non-resident warden is linked directly to the scheme): subject to no more than 25% of all flats being 2-person/2-bedroom units, Category 2 units may be provided as:

  • 1-person/1-bedroom bungalow or flat (35/40 sq m floor area band)
  • 2-person/1-bedroom bungalow or flat (50/55 sq m floor area band) and/or
  • 2-person/2-bedroom bungalow or flat (55/60)

Note: This housing mix would also include small (Category 2) type schemes where a block of up to 15 flats may be provided to full Category 2 requirements including common room and associated communal facilities, but with the exception that a resident scheme supervisor need not be provided. However, a part-time resident or non-resident supervisor must be linked directly to the scheme.

Note: the scheme being linked to a central emergency alarm facility would not satisfy the requirement for a ‘part-time, non-resident scheme supervisor’.

Associations should proceed on the basis of the above parameters. Where an Association wishes to modify the above criteria a detailed case must be made to the NIHE DPG at the earliest possible opportunity.

Category 3 (bungalows or flats): where a self-contained model is chosen to accommodate this client group then subject to no more than 25% of all flats or bungalows being 2 Person/2 bedroom units, Category 3 units may be provided as:

  • 1 Person/1 Bedroom bungalow or flat (40/45 sq m area band)
  • 2 Person/1 bedroom bungalow or flat (55/60 sq m area band)
  • 2 Person/2 bedroom bungalow or flat (60/65 sq m area band)

All units should be designed to full wheelchair standards.

Elderly (Category 1 and Category 2) Housing is specially designed accommodation and comprises

  • Category 1*self-contained bungalow or flat accommodation for the active elderly, which may include an element of warden support
  • Category 2*warden supported self-contained flats for the less active elderly and includes the full range of communal facilities

Note*: Category 1 and Category 2 bungalows and flats can also be enhanced to meet wheelchair housing requirements where required.

The TCI Area/Cost Bands applicable to Elderly (Category 1 and Category 2) Housing self-contained and shared Supported Housing accommodation are noted in Table 5: Elderly (Category 1 and Category 2) Housing - TCI Area/Cost Bands Applicable 

Specific Elderly Housing Design Standards (Category 1 and Category 2) are included in Annex ‘B’.
 

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