Portfolio for Adult Social Care visits Extra Care scheme in Carlisle
Published by Tracey Errington for Eden Housing Association Limited in Care and Support and also in Health, Housing
Portfolio holder visits Heysham gardens extra care scheme Carlisle
2nd Anniversary for extra care scheme marked with visit from Cumbria’s new Adult and Local Services Portfolio holder.
Councillor Beth Furneaux, the new Cumbria County Council Portfolio holder for Adult and Local Services visited Eden Housing Association’s (EHA) Heysham Gardens Extra Care scheme in Carlisle last week, it coincided with the schemes second birthday. Cllr Furneaux saw first-hand how the extra care model is working, improving the quality of lives for many residents and growing a real sense of community.
The visit was an opportunity for Cllr Furneaux to learn how effective this extra care model can be. As well a meeting residents and looking around the facilities provided, Gill Walton EHA Support Services Manager highlighted some of the key features and benefits of the scheme.
Gill Walton said “We believe the extra care formula at Heysham Gardens works. Having lead staff acting as advocates for the residents is very valuable – both in terms of delivering the right levels of care, and providing a cost effective service. Residents in our scheme have the same service facility as those living elsewhere; what makes the difference is having a manager on site who is independent from the care providers, and who acts as an advocate, micro supporting residents when their care needs fluctuate and working closely with Social Workers from Adult Social Care. It’s this level of flexibility that provides the cost savings and quality of delivery.”
Scheme Co-ordinator Rachael Thomson also highlighted the differing levels of care need supported. “Heysham Gardens has residents with varying support needs, some with a low level care need that we know will increase over time and others already have a very high care need but are keen to remain as independent as possible. Heysham Gardens delivers on choice and our residents and their families place a high value on that level of independence. We work with the on site care team, Creative Support, together with 10 different care providers – this ensures that residents get to choose the care service which best meets their own individual needs.
Councillor Beth Furneaux, cabinet member for adult and local services at Cumbria County Council, said: “I enjoyed my visit to Heysham Gardens and the opportunity to speak to staff and residents about the development. During the visit I had the opportunity meet up with an old friend who has recently moved in to Heysham Gardens and they told me how much they enjoyed living there.
Across Cumbria, extra care housing is providing more people with the key to their independence and the county council continues to support the creation of more schemes as part of mix of housing and support options.”
The residents were enjoying a craft session on the morning of the visit and Edna Kane, Chair of the Residents Association had chance to explain how much the scheme means to the residents “We love life here and are proud to show people around our community. Some of us have more independence now than we have had for years and it is reassuring to know there is a great team on hand when we need a bit of help.”
The scheme is proving a success in the area and enquiries about securing homes for older relatives continue to grow. Anyone interested in finding out more about the care and facilities provided can contact the scheme on 01228 402 208.