More people across Leicestershire are living more independently following a county council investment in adult care services
Over the past 12 months, around 90 adults with long-term disabilities have moved into supported living services from residential care.
A shining example of this approach is the council’s investment of over £1m in an independent living scheme at Great Glen and known as Brookfield.
Following the refurbishment of the former sheltered accommodation, Creative Support, who provide the care and support, have now welcomed the first tenants to the supported living scheme. Over the next few months, around 20 adults, in total, will make Great Glen their home.
For a lot of these residents, it will be the first time they’ve lived out of residential care, the first time they’ve had more than just a bedroom to themselves, I am so proud of the part we have played in this exciting next step in their lives. I wish everyone the very best in their new home.
Brookfield represents a small part of our huge commitment to investing in adult social care across the county. We are developing housing for older people, adults with learning and physical disabilities and adults with mental health needs as a priority.
We are committed to providing the best care that we can across the county. Wellbeing is at the heart of the work we do and living in suitable accommodation is a vital part of this.Person:Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for adult social care
The Brookfield development consists of self -contained flats and communal areas for the tenants . Each flat can be altered to cater for a number of physical needs and has its own private bathroom. The communal areas offer a place to relax, watch television or to cook in the shared kitchen, giving the residents an opportunity to socialise.
Schemes, like Brookfield, allow tenants to live with greater independence , to have choice and control over where they want to live, who they want to live with and the support they receive.
The council says there was a particular demand for a scheme such as Brookfield in the Harborough areas as it means families can stay close to their loved ones as they work towards living more independently.