Standards of Almshouse Management


Chapter 8 – Funding a Project

…www.almshouses.org or from ACL’s administrator, Susan Holden: acltabitha@gmail.com 8.3.3 Grants are mainly for new build projects, but almshouses have been recipients of Affordable Housing Grant for remodelling and refurbishment projects….

Chapter 8 - Funding a Project

…local authority’s social services department and ask for a Fair Access to Care assessment of the resident’s needs. The resident may then be directed to the most relevant agency or…

Chapter 7 – Land and Buildings

…work. This forms an essential part of the quinquennial inspection system and should be filed with the architect’s or surveyor’s five-yearly inspection report. The consultant is then able to check…

Chapter 7 - Land and Buildings

…further advice see The Association’s Toolkit for Registering Almshouses. Deeds or other proof of ownership should be held in safe custody with a bank or the charity’s solicitors. Sometimes, if…

Chapter 5 – Financial Management

…of employment. For further information on expenses and payments see the Charity Commission’s guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trustee-expenses-and-payments-cc11 Even if the charity’s governing document empowers the trustees to pay one or more of…

Chapter 5 - Financial Management

…possible of its implementation date. Almshouse charities which are RPs are subject to the government’s rent restructuring framework for social housing. Details of Homes England’s policy on rent restructuring are…

Chapter 4 – Health and Safety

…temperature setting for such outlets must be a maximum of 43°C. Records of testing need to be kept. The healthcare standard for new TMV’s is TMV 3’s, these should be…

Chapter 4 - Health and Safety

…maximum of 43°C. Records of testing need to be kept. The healthcare standard for new TMV’s is TMV 3’s, these should be fitted when older TMV’s need replacement. The temperature…

Chapter 3 – Staff

…considering offering fixed term contracts should be aware of the effects of the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 The place of work and the employer’s address…

Chapter 3 - Staff

…be aware of the effects of the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 The place of work and the employer’s address – if the employee is required…

Chapter 1 – Governance

…and Northern Ireland are separately regulated – see section 1.10.12 – 1.10.14). The Charity Commission’s objectives are: to increase public trust and confidence in charities to promote awareness and understanding…

Chapter 1 - Governance

…out in their charity’s governing document(s). For further guidance on the duties and responsibilities of trustees, see section 1.5. In 2018 it is anticipated that there will be a consultation…

8.3 Public Funding

…participating charity. Further details can be obtained from The Almshouse Association’s website: www.almshouses.org or from ACL’s administrator, Susan Holden: acltabitha@gmail.com 8.3.3 Grants are mainly for new build projects, but almshouses…

7.26 Security

…Association of Chief Police Officers, provides a range of advice as well as an opportunity to apply for a ‘Secured by Design’ award. The scheme can be found at: http://www.securedbydesign.com….

5.42 Value Added Tax

…charities do not need to register for VAT. It is important that trustees identify all sources of the charity’s income and consider whether each is outside the scope of VAT,…

4.19 Pest control

…it is good practice to arrange for a reputable pest controller to visit periodically to undertake surveys, monitoring and provide treatment as required. Pest control should be carried out discreetly….

4.15 Water

…TMV 3’s, these should be fitted when older TMV’s need replacement. The temperature of stored water must be monitored to avoid it being hot enough to cause scalding. There is…

4.14 Electricity

…portable equipment or appliances. Fixed wiring tests must be carried out in all the charity’s properties, including its domestic properties, at intervals of no more than five years. Electrical installations…

3.18 Part-time employees and family friendly policies

…Time off for dependents Shared Parental Leave. Details of these and how they are applied are available at: https://www.gov.uk/part-time-worker-rights The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 ensures…

3.14 Dismissals

…an employer and employee. If, as employers, you attempt to alter the terms of an employment contract without consultation or agreement, or if treatment of an employee is such that…

3.2 Terms and conditions of employment

Treatment) Regulations 2002 The place of work and the employer’s address – if the employee is required or allowed to work in more than one location these should be clearly…

1.10 Other Relevant Legislation

…with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Almshouse charities will normally hold and process information about their residents, staff and suppliers, but depending upon the charity’s circumstances,…


Support and Care


Chapter 10 – Care of the Dying

…will progress after active treatment, or active treatment may not be possible. Prognosis may be short or long and it is important that people are offered support and palliation of…

Chapter 10 - Care of the Dying

…Solicitor’s Department: www.tsol.gov.uk www.hospiceinformation.co.uk © 2013. This document is copyright of the Almshouse Association and no part of it may be produced or published without the Association’s written consent.  …

Chapter 9 – Prolonging Occupation and Moving On

…access visit A financial appreciation. It follows that the needs identified during the resident’s (patient’s) period in hospital will be compared against the Local Authority’s eligibility criteria. A ‘Care Plan’…

Chapter 9 Prolonging Occupation and Moving On

…follows that the needs identified during the resident’s (patient’s) period in hospital will be compared against the Local Authority’s eligibility criteria. A ‘Care Plan’ should then be agreed that will…

Chapter 8 – Benefits and Grants

…Housing Benefit. They will also qualify for benefits such as free dental treatment, free travel to hospital for treatment and help with glasses. 8.4.2 Savings Credit Savings Credit is available…

Chapter 8 - Benefits and Grants

…also qualify for benefits such as free dental treatment, free travel to hospital for treatment and help with glasses. 8.4.2 Savings Credit Savings Credit is available to people who have…

Chapter 6 – Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…Worker – a person who works under some other form of contract, a contract for services. Volunteer – a person who performs a service voluntarily and without payment. Contractor (self-employed/company)…

Chapter 6 - Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…in Resident’s Handbook that all communal areas are non smoking and residents could be invited to refrain from smoking during any visits from members of the charity’s staff or trustees….

Chapter 5 – Residents with a Disability

…- www.maculardisease.org.uk Mencap – www.mencap.org.uk National Association of Deafened People – www.nadp.org.uk Remap – www.remap.org.uk Sense – www.sense.org.uk © 2013. This document is copyright of the Almshouse Association and no…

Chapter 5 - Residents with a Disability

…consider that the almshouse environment can no longer meet the resident’s needs but the family or the doctor disagrees, it is advisable to ask for an independent gerontologist’s report. The…

Chapter 4 – Health Care and Health Promotion

…period for a set time, such as a week Involving family members Involving a well-regarded professional – district nurse or social worker. Ultimately the resident’s health and treatment are not…

Chapter 4 - Health Care and Health Promotion

…as a week Involving family members Involving a well-regarded professional – district nurse or social worker. Ultimately the resident’s health and treatment are not your responsibility. You should not act…

Chapter 3 – Homes for Life

…become available to assist more vulnerable people to remain in their own homes. As reported on The King’s Fund website and the Department of Health’s website there are currently 15.4…

Chapter 3 - Homes for Life

…number of devices become available to assist more vulnerable people to remain in their own homes. As reported on The King’s Fund website and the Department of Health’s website there…

Appendix C - Contract of Employment

…XpertHR – www.xperthr.co.uk A Contract of Employment should include the following details:   Name of Charity…………………………….. / Registered Charity Number: …………….. Particulars of Employment Employer’s Name and Address Employee’s Name…

Appendix B - Contact Details

…Head Office: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA Advice Line: 0800 169 6565 www.ageuk.org.uk   Alzheimer’s Society Devon House, 58 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LB Helpline 0845…

10.4  Hospice and Palliative Care Services

…creative philosophy, pioneered by the hospice movement, aims at: Giving effective symptom relief Treating concurrent disease (e.g. secondary infections and depression) Improving quality of life Helping the patient’s emotional, social…

9.9 Mental Capacity

…application can be made to section someone for treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983. This will only be possible if the resident’s GP feels that the resident’s psychiatric condition…

8.17  Travel Concessions

…but with the option of taking a companion with you at the same reduced rate. 8.17.2 Buses In England eligibility for an older person’s bus pass is tied to state…

8.4 Pension Credit

…of Housing Benefit. They will also qualify for benefits such as free dental treatment, free travel to hospital for treatment and help with glasses. 8.4.2 Savings Credit Savings Credit is…

6.20  Retirement

…Xpert HR – www.xperthr.co.uk © 2013. This document is copyright of the Almshouse Association and no part of it may be produced or published without the Association’s written consent.  …

5.6 Hearing Impairment

…5555). Residents who suffer deafness should be encouraged to obtain an audiology assessment, usually via their doctor, to ascertain the most suitable treatment and/or aid. Most hospitals will run hearing…

4.14 Some General Principles Relevant to Healthcare

…British Geriatrics Society: www.bgs.org.uk British Heart Foundation: www.bhf.org.uk Care Quality Commission: www.cqc.org.uk Carer’s Direct: www.nhs.uk/Carersdirect Citizen’s Advice Bureau: www.adviceguide.org.uk Dementia UK: www.dementiauk.org Department of Health: www.dh.gov.uk Diabetes UK: www.diabetes.org.uk Disabled…

4.13 Common Illnesses and How They Present

…difficulty, slow and shallow breathing, slowing of the heart rate and muscle stiffness or twitching. Treatment, which usually requires hospital admission, includes slow, carefully controlled re-warming and treatment of the…

4.10 Preventive Activity

…be treated. If the condition is unlikely to affect the patient’s health, or mobility, they may not be eligible for treatment. To have treatment with a chiropodist, a referral is…

4.8 Medication

dosage system can alleviate these difficulties. They are prescribed as either 7 or 28 day prescription packs. Blister packs pre-package all a patient’s medications. This is not the same as…

4.6 When a Resident Becomes Unwell

…to hospital. 4.6.6 NHS hospital services Treatment at NHS hospitals is free. Since 1st January 2009 nobody should wait more than 18 weeks from the time they are referred by…