Standards of Almshouse Management


Chapter 7 – Land and Buildings

…is unavailable and quick decisions are needed on site. Consider reasonable geographical location of the practice appropriate for site visits to the scheme when under construction. Ask for a practice…

Chapter 7 - Land and Buildings

…is unavailable and quick decisions are needed on site. Consider reasonable geographical location of the practice appropriate for site visits to the scheme when under construction. Ask for a practice…

Chapter 5 – Financial Management

…off site. Most packages will provide an end of year profit and loss account and balance sheet, although these may not be wholly in the form required by legislation or…

Chapter 5 - Financial Management

…is backed up frequently and in at least 2 locations, one of which is off site. Most packages will provide an end of year profit and loss account and balance…

Chapter 4 – Health and Safety

…they manage are subject to health and safety legislation. This applies when contractors are called on site to carry out maintenance or repairs, and when members of the public are…

Chapter 4 - Health and Safety

…This applies when contractors are called on site to carry out maintenance or repairs, and when members of the public are on site. If in doubt, trustees should seek guidance…

7.23 Project control and reporting

The consultant must report to the trustees regularly during the course of a development. Trustees should arrange site meetings with the consultant to be advised on progress or any difficulties…

7.3 The Almshouse Association Panel of Consultants

…Continuity is important. Ensure the practice has adequate staff resources to carry out the job if the consultant is unavailable and quick decisions are needed on site. Consider reasonable geographical…

5.40 Insurance

…are able to provide information on where to purchase insurance and it is important to have this cover before users bring their scooter on site. Policies may be arranged to…

5.37 Investment property

…Stock Exchange investments, the charity’s income and capital, cash needs and the likelihood of ever needing the property for use as almshouses or as a site for new almshouses. Investment…

5.7 Computerised accounting

site. Most packages will provide an end of year profit and loss account and balance sheet, although these may not be wholly in the form required by legislation or the…

4.24 First aid

…box located in the office, or in the scheme manager/warden’s dwelling if this is within the almshouse charity’s site. The first aid box should have a minimum stock level and…

4.23 Contractors

…job at the right time to manage the risks on site and to focus on effective planning and managing risk. The emphasis should be to manage the risk, not the…

4.22 Traffic

…and one-way systems can all help improve safety. 4.22.1 Mobility scooters Residents are increasingly making use of mobility scooters to increase mobility both on site and away from the almshouse…

4.18 Food safety

…or temporary premises, including transport, a wholesome water supply and a suitable site. 4.18.1 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013…

4.11 Winter gritting and snow clearing

…instruct them to use these routes or paths Restrict access on to the site to a minimum number of designated routes or paths appropriate to the size of the site…

4.8 Fire regulations

site. 4.8.2 Fire blankets If trustees have installed fire blankets in the kitchens as firefighting equipment, they should ensure that residents and staff are trained in their safe use. Fire…

4.0 Health and Safety

…to health and safety legislation. This applies when contractors are called on site to carry out maintenance or repairs, and when members of the public are on site. If in…


Support and Care


Chapter 10 – Care of the Dying

…10.5 Policy and Procedure in Care of the Dying The individual policy for an almshouse charity will depend on the provision of services on site and how much support can…

Chapter 10 - Care of the Dying

…the Dying The individual policy for an almshouse charity will depend on the provision of services on site and how much support can be provided. Where a resident is diagnosed…

Chapter 9 Prolonging Occupation and Moving On

…of doors and windows and any sign that the property may be unoccupied. If the almshouse charity does not have on-site staff, other residents or local neighbours might be willing…

Chapter 7 – External Support

…regular surgery on site. This helps residents, who no longer have to travel to the doctor’s premises, and also sets up a relationship between the charity and doctor. The GP…

Chapter 7 - External Support

site. This helps residents, who no longer have to travel to the doctor’s premises, and also sets up a relationship between the charity and doctor. The GP should have a…

Chapter 5 – Residents with a Disability

site. In addition, consideration may be given to making a small charge for the use of electricity. Although there is no legal requirement, residents should be encouraged to have third…

Chapter 5 - Residents with a Disability

…there is an increased demand for secure storage/re-charging facilities. Where space is limited trustees may need to limit the number of scooters allowed on a site. In addition, consideration may…

Chapter 3 – Homes for Life

…alarm cords etc. However, there is likely to be shared specialist bathing facilities that can be used by on-site or visiting health professionals. Communal areas might have colour coordinated walls…

Chapter 3 - Homes for Life

…is likely to be shared specialist bathing facilities that can be used by on-site or visiting health professionals. Communal areas might have colour coordinated walls and carpet to help residents…

Chapter 2 - Support Provided by the Charity

…temporary housing Keep a copy of residents’ next of kin, GP, solicitor and their addresses off site in case fire/flood destroys the office Make sure any resident who is going…

Appendix D - Admissions Letter

…I have known him/her for …………. years. ……………Charity is a sheltered housing scheme.** There is/is no Warden on site. As we do not provide round the clock cover or any…

Appendix A - New Residents Checklist

…Show the resident the communal facilities and any special site features_________________ 10_ Arrange to be there when the laundry is used for the first time________________________ 11_ Explain rubbish disposal______________________________________________________ 12_…

9.6 Recognising Frailty

…if s/he continues to live alone, for example by operating gas appliances incorrectly. The risk may be greater in almshouses with no staff permanently on site the dwelling is no…

7.5 The General Practitioner

…when the resident has no family support. If the charity is large enough, it may be possible for the doctor to hold a regular surgery on site. This helps residents,…

5.3 Adaptations to Buildings

…space is limited trustees may need to limit the number of scooters allowed on a site. In addition, consideration may be given to making a small charge for the use…

3.14 Smart Homes

…Key safe boxes (off site monitoring aware of codes) Proximity reader keys (with re-programmable codes) to replace conventional keys for doors and gateways Bogus caller buttons linked to 24-hour monitoring…

3.10 Call Systems

…home, office or visiting residents, any emergency call can immediately be directed to his/her telephone. This leaves a warden/manager free to visit on site yet able to respond immediately in…

2.20 Contingency Planning

…Keep a copy of residents’ next of kin, GP, solicitor and their addresses off site in case fire/flood destroys the office Make sure any resident who is going away notifies…


Consultants


Pellings LLP

…managing repairs to Listed buildings, and designing and project managing new build schemes. Our clients include Whiteley Village, the largest single-site Almshouse in the UK with over 500 Listed properties,…

Integral Safety Ltd

…E: info@integralsafetyltd.co.uk www.integralsafetyltd.co.uk Regions covered: East and West Midlands (On Site). UK Wide (Digital / Remote Working). About Integral Safety Limited Approximately 15 years experience working with social housing and…

Guy St John Taylor Associates Ltd

…of a design completely bespoke to each Client and embedded within the site context. Guy Taylor Associates won the AHA Patrons award in 2013 and offer the full range of…

Fire Safety Consultancy (FSC)

…Consultant 8 Ingledene Close, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 3TY T: 023 92 50 2337 E: Harry.paviour@btinternet.com Region/s covered: Advice – Nationwide; Site visits – southern half of UK only About Fire…


News


TV Licensing

…and who either lives on site or works there for at least 30 hours a week, excluding on-call hours. In addition, in order for the residents to qualify, they must…

TV Licence update

…housing associations Has a person whose function is to care for the needs of the residents (e.g. a warden) and who either lives on site or works there for at…

Tiverton Almshouses Celebrate

…and a celebratory cake at each event which was cut by the residents who had lived at each almshouse site the longest helped by John Pulford, Chair of the Charity….

The Great Hospital, Norwich

…Great Hospital site contains much historic and architectural interest. Some buildings date as far back as 1380. Examples of this include one of the smallest monastic cloisters in England, a…