Pioneering homes for disabled people to be built in Glasgow

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Blackwood is building 24 high-tech homes in the city’s east end. 

28th January 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A new development of 24 pioneering homes which aim to transform the lives of people with disabilities is being built in Glasgow.

The homes are being built by care and housing provider Blackwood as part of its Blackwood House project, following a successful launch of similar properties in Dundee.

Situated in the Helenvale area of Parkhead, the wheelchair-accessible flats will incorporate a range of features designed to make life easier for disabled people.

These include technology to open doors and adjust the height of kitchen worktops and cupboards, electronic sliding doors, and even self-cleaning toilets.

The homes are also fitted with Blackwood’s digital care system, CleverClogs, which allows tenants to control heating and lighting with voice commands as well as offering video chat and a reminder system for medication and appointments.

Additionally, tenants will also be able to access 24-hour care through Blackwood’s Night Support Service, which allows customers to access care support between the hours of 10pm and 7am.

Stephanie Sutherland, development manager at Blackwood, said: “We’re always trying to think of different ways we can enable our customers to live an independent life – the way we develop our homes mean they can adapt to change with customer’s needs.

“Technology is a large part of our focus in encouraging independent living – all of the homes are fully connected using our CleverCogs system, which allows customers to do anything from controlling the lights and opening and closing doors to staying in touch with their care provider.”

The first phase of the Blackwood House – involving six properties in Dundee’s Glamis Road - was launched in Dundee in June 2017. Blackwood has plans to build up to 140 more Blackwood Houses in all parts of Scotland over the next few years.

The Helenvale properties will be made available to tenants later this year.