Cheshire East Council has provided a welcome boost to services for people with learning disabilities.
Short-break services in Crewe will now be available to people with more complex learning disabilities after improvements were made to Lincoln House, in Samuel Street, which has traditionally offered specialised services for people with dementia and adults with a learning disability.
Services were previously provided from Queens Drive, in Nantwich, but a decision was made to move them to Lincoln House as part of the Council’s review of buildings-based services in 2011.
Now, the revamped Lincoln House has thrown open its doors to a wider range of customers with learning disabilities, with Cheshire East Mayor Councillor Dorothy Flude attending its official opening.
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “I am thrilled to say that this transfer is complete and it is a real boost to be able to provide more services and support to individuals who present more complex needs than was previously possible at Queens Drive.
“This has resulted in Lincoln House receiving new referrals. The service has also supported a crises response to a number of service users who have been in need of accommodation at short notice.
“To date, the results of the buildings-based review at Lincoln House, Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Macclesfield Leisure Centre and the Mayfield Centre have more than justified the review process and have been welcomed by users, carers and families alike. We will continue to implement the rest of the review as scheduled.”
The unit offers ground-floor accommodation for five people, which includes two bedrooms with ceiling hoists and accessible en-suite bathroom facilities also equipped with the latest hoist equipment.
The transfer of the staff team from Queens Drive to Lincoln House has also provided consistency to the service users who previously went to Queens Drive and this has helped to alleviate some of the anxieties that often accompany changes of this nature.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Lincoln House ahead of the refurbishment and they where pleased with the level of social inclusion and integration across the range of services, including day care for people living with dementia, dementia respite, transitional accommodation and short breaks.