Friendship’s move from Residential Care to Supported Living Services
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Care and Support and also in Communities, Health, Housing, Local Government
With a national drive to re-model and adapt services to accommodate a changing care and support market place, Friendship Care and Housing has been working closely with local Supporting People commissioning teams in Warwickshire and Birmingham.
Over the past six months, Friendship in consultation with residents and staff has de-commissioned two registered learning disability services in Birmingham. Additionally an elderly care service dedicated to the African Caribbean culture was de-registered to create an ‘Extra Care’ facility.
In April, two former residential homes dedicated to supporting people with learning disabilities were de-registered in Nuneaton, with all services transferring to Supported Living. The Supported Living Service provides experienced and dedicated 24 hour support to people with a learning or physical disability.
Bernadette Mansell, Friendship’s Head of Care in Warwickshire said, “We’ve worked closely with the commissioning teams and kept our residents, their families and staff fully informed during the transition. At the moment, we only have one adult learning disability vacancy, in our Supported Living Services in Nuneaton.”
Bernadette added, “I’m extremely proud of our dedicated staff they do everything in their power to make sure the people who use our service live life to the full. I’m delighted to say that our residents have largely been unaware of the changes and their families see this as a positive move where their loved ones have the freedom to choose who, where, when and how they live their lives.”