Extra Care Housing Update – October 2015

Strand Court is now into its fourth month of opening and we currently have 60 residents with 5 more due to move in very shortly. Although all the apartments have all been allocated we are carrying a small number of voids due to unfortunately people passing away or giving back word.

Extra Care Housing relies on partnership working and Focus, Inclusion Housing, Care4all and Lincolnshire Quality Care Services have developed close relationships to deliver the scheme and we are now at the stage of being able to reflect on what we have achieved and to learn from the experience. We are reviewing the entry criteria to reflect the experience have gained and make it clearer for everyone what extra care housing is about. We are also listening to residents and families as we look to tweaking the care aspect of the scheme. A research project has also been commissioned to collate both qualitative and quantitative information to inform how we are progressing.

Planning for someone entering extra care cannot be underestimated and we now understand that once a person is approved for a scheme that this is sometimes only the start. For more complex cases there is a need to then work towards a successful placement through coordinated health and social care services and a commitment to support a person in the crucial settling in period.

Some of the residents now meet regularly to plan and organise their own activities and events. These include bingo and raffles which will raise money for more ambitious plans such as day trips and evening events. We are also working with the wider community and the voluntary sector to develop further meaningful activities and to provide tailored support.

It has been a wonderful experience to see Strand Court develop from an empty shell into an atmospheric and vibrant place. Close friendships are starting to develop and the communal areas are well used by residents, families and the local community.

We have numerous good news stories to share about our residents.
Please do come and have a look for yourself – the restaurant is a lovely place to meet with people and the food is excellent. I am always happy to take people round and give an introduction, especially with new staff and prospective applicants.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with on any of the above issues on 0300 330 2815 or by email on sarah.moody2@nhs.net.

Good news stories – Case studies
J had been placed in short stay residential care when her husband passed away suddenly. J has dementia and understandably found it hard to cope living on her own. J came to visit the show flat and was instantly smitten with the place and was one of our first residents to move in. J now has many friends and is often to be found downstairs in the communal area, in the restaurant or having her hair done at the hairdressers. Her speech has improved as she is able to talk to other people in a relaxed environment with the other residents who understand her needs. She always seems happy and smiling and her family visit her often.

B has dementia and was living a very lonely life on her own with no family to support her. B. did take time to settle at Strand Court but many people from key workers, care staff and residents have supported her to get to the point where she is now. The most humbling aspect has been to see other residents taking the time to get to know B. B is a very sociable person and is now often sat with a group of residents in the lounge area or sitting out in the garden and has become an integral part of Strand Court life.

F had been living in residential care for many years after severe stroke left him unable to cope living on his own. He led a solitary existence cut off from the world. Since moving to Strand Court he is starting to adjust to his new environment and workers are now working on enabling him to have more independence. He is really excited about having a powered wheelchair which will enable him to get about in the community. The next step will be to integrate him more with other residents.

S has a progressive illness and has always lived with his mother isolated from the community. Now he is living at Strand Court he has started to become involved with the resident’s association sharing his knowledge of I.T. and he is keen to represent all residents’ especially those who he feels cannot speak for themselves.

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