Safe place for adults in need of extra help
VULNERABLE adults are living more independently thanks to a new supported housing block.
People with complex needs and mental health issues have moved into a new development in West Drayton.
Swan House is part of Hillingdon Council’s initiative to enable greater independence among those with learning disabilities who are living in the borough.
The eco-friendly building contains 24 one-bedroom flats, which are fitted with the TeleCareLine systems to provide a round the clock emergency response service.
Residents have their own tenancy agreement, pay their own bills and are supported by 12 staff to lead an active, healthy and independent life.
Marc Upjohn, manager of the positive behaviours support team, said: “This type of personalised, flexible care offers security and safety while promoting independence and enabling them to be a part of the local community.”
In contrast to residential care homes, the residents receive assistance to live independently in their flat but still with the peace of mind that there is support close by if needed.
Diane, a resident of Swan House, said: “It’s a nice place and better than where I lived before, I feel really safe here.”
People living at the development are invited to take part in drop-in activity sessions, from life skills training to arts and crafts, which are held in the communal lounge and garden areas.
Fellow resident Lloyd, said: “I can visit my friends who live next door or go to the communal room and play bingo.”
Tony Zaman, director of adult services at Hillingdon Council, said: “We’re glad to hear and see how happy Swan House residents are.”
n CONTENT: Resident Diane is happy with her new flat