Crandeen gets the keys for innovative supported living for independent older people in Aberdeen

An innovative approach to supported living for independent older people in Aberdeen took another step closer as the team from Crandeen, part of the Abbeyfield Scotland charity, got the keys to their bespoke bungalows in the West End of the City.

The expansion into Aberdeen for Crandeen, which was announced in January, is a seven-figure property investment with developer Dandara. In what is believed to be a first in Scotland, Crandeen is providing five high quality two-bedroom bungalows for rental at Dandara’s award-winning Hazelwood development in Aberdeen’s West End, along with a flexible choice of personal services. The contemporary bungalows have been designed to offer residents easy access, space and flexibility and are available for occupation.

In addition to the bungalows, Crandeen will be offering a wider home support package across the area ranging from “light touch” assistance with such tasks as gardening and shopping through to companionship and the provision of personal care. The services are being currently developed in consultation with future customers and will be available later in 2017.

Jean Henretty, Chair of Crandeen, said: “This is an exciting time for Crandeen as we get the keys for our new bungalows from Dandara. The bungalows are perfect for people looking to live independently in their own homes with the comfort of support being available when they choose or need it. I want to thank the Dandara team, who have built superb properties for us and the feedback we have had from our recent open day on site, has been extremely positive. We look forward to our first residents moving in soon and launching the support services later in the year.”

Karen Barr, Director of Business Development and Housing said: “We are experts in providing support for older people in Scotland and we know that people prefer living in their own home, but with the option of having access to support and companionship if they need it, or indeed if they simply want some extra help. We are offering this at Hazelwood, where people can move in on a rental basis to our high quality bungalows, safe in the knowledge that if their support needs change over time, support is there for them.”

Peter Best of Dandara in Aberdeen, said: “We are thrilled with the bungalows we have delivered for Crandeen. These high quality bungalows will help to meet the needs of senior residents in Aberdeen City and Shire.”