Residential Services consultation

Residential services logoConsultation meetings at our residential units were completed last week with visits to Redfield Lodge and Wellhay.

Redfield Lodge is a home for people with Dementia situated in St George which has capacity for 40 residents. There are currently 28 residents living there. The home was purpose built, as part of the Residential Futures project, on the site previously occupied by Vetchlea and re-opened in April 2011.

Wellhay is situated in Brentry. It’s a short stay unit for older people with mental health issues and does not have any long term residents. The site, which is owned by the Health Service, also contains a day service. A separate review will be taking place to decide the future of this service as it is jointly funded by the Health Service. Consultation was therefore only held with the staff team.

Both staff teams were keen for the Council to focus on specialist services, recognising the increasing need for Dementia and other mental health support services. They also both identified the need to provide good regular respite to support service users and their carers in their own homes.

When the Redfield Lodge first opened staff initially had reservations about the home having all rooms with en-suite facilities. They now say that it is an improvement, enabling better management of care needs and providing greater dignity to the residents.

Relatives of Redfield Lodge residents also commented positively on having en-suite facilities however the number that attended the consultation was small. This may be at least partly due to the newness of the home.

Notes from all the consultation events are being compiled and evaluated to identify key issues and themes which will inform the development of options for the report to be presented to the Council’s cabinet on 29th March.

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