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18 New Flats

18 NEW FLATS FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Bedford Borough Council is investing in extra care housing for people with learning disabilities on the previous Orchard House site.

 

The respite care service at Orchard House has been transferred to George Beal House. The amalgamation of services to be held at one centre has freed up the Orchard House site, giving the Council a unique opening to develop 18 extra care flats catering for people with learning disabilities.

 

This change also provides an opportunity for one centre to expand its speciality in short term breaks, and continues to offer care and support in a family orientated environment.

 

The residents of George Beal House, and their families, have been actively involved in the changes to the service at the care home over a period of six months. They have been involved in the process of identifying new placements to meet their individual needs and they have had introductory visits to their new homes.

 

The plans were discussed as part of a consultation process. Following this each resident, and their family, were involved in the transitional planning and viewing of suitable placements.

 

All of the residents have subsequently moved to care homes which can meet their individual level of need.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Adults Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The Borough Council engaged in a wide consultation with special regards to the welfare of residents and extraordinary efforts were made by all involved in the process. The amalgamation of the short term care service at George Beal House provides the opportunity to provide excellent short term respite care from one centre which can respond to the needs of people with learning disabilities and their families in a more effective way. The modern living space generated by these 18 new flats will assist people to live in their own home, independently.”

 

In the longer term the restructuring of the short term care service, the opportunity provided by the development of the Orchard House site, and alternative service opportunities provided through the Shared Lives service, which offers personalised support, will reduce costs and place the services on a sustainable footing for the future.

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