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21 October 2013

70 years old and doing more than ever

Charitable housing and care provider MHA has announced a successful end to its 70th anniversary year, with income up 16.9% (at £179.7 million) on the previous year and  more than 16,000 older people now being served in the charity’s care homes, retirement apartments and community support schemes across the UK.

The charity, which was founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1943 reports that local authority and NHS austerity measures continue to be a challenge, but demand for its services amongst older people remain strong.

Roger Davies, the charity’s Chief Executive, who will be stepping down in 2014 after 15 years service says the charity is continuing to build on its strategy of providing a range of options which meet the needs and aspirations of older people: “The funding environment remains tough but we are expanding all our services including care homes and retirement apartments which offer flexible care and dedicated on-site 24/7 support. This model is proving popular with both couples and singles, who want the comfort and privacy of their own homes with the peace of mind of knowing that support is on hand as their needs change. We were one of the first providers to offer options for sale, shared ownership and rent and we expect this to be an area of continued growth in the years ahead.”

MHA is pleased to recognise the continued support of charitable donations, which totalled £6.6 million in the year.

“Whilst the economy has been unstable our supporters have been steadfast in their generosity and commitment to our work,” said Roger Davies.

“Donations have been used to develop new services, enhance the charity’s specialist dementia care provision and underpin the roll-out of more ‘Live at Home’ community services designed to support older people who live in their own homes. The charity has also been able to extend the provision of chaplaincy support to all its new residential services.”

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