Safe place for adults in need of ex­tra help

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Han­nah Raven han­nah.raven@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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