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New ‘transforming’ home for disabled people unveiled as ‘solution to national crisis’

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The Blackwood House, developed by Edinburgh-based charity Blackwood, is a new property which has been designed to be fully accessible for disabled residents.

Every aspect of the house has been created to remove any obstacles or issues with that can disrupt daily life for a disabled person.

The home, at the Edinburgh Community Rehabilitation and Support Service in Longstone, has been developed by the charity in partnership with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (IJB).

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Councillor Ricky Henderson, chair of the Edinburgh IJB, said: “Of the 20,000 new homes planned for Edinburgh over the next 10 years, we want to see 4,500 of them built to address health and social care needs.

“The Blackwood House is a fabulous example of how innovation in housing design can transform the quality of life and we are excited at the prospect of working with Blackwood to bring these homes to Edinburgh.”

It features high and low level kitchen units that rise and fall, moveable bathroom components and ‘CleverCogs’ voice-controlled lights, doors and heating systems.

Simon Fitzpatrick, strategic development director at Blackwood, added: “The Blackwood House is designed to be a solution to a national crisis – it’s all about independent living.

“For many people with disabilities, it’s not that they can’t look after themselves; it’s simply that their current home set-up doesn’t allow them to.

“Technology can do just about anything these days so we’re making it our business to ensure that people living with a disability really gain from its advances.”

Blackwood plans to deliver up to 160 of the life-changing properties in Glasgow, Inverclyde and Dundee over the next three to four years.

Blackwood Homes and Care provide high-quality housing, care and support for disabled people of all ages, with over 1500 homes across all 29 mainland local authorities in Scotland.

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