Building work begins on specialist care unit for young adults in Derby

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Claire Haynes
Claire Haynes
Artists impression of Nightingale Home
Artists impression of Nightingale Home

BUILDING work has commenced on a pioneering facility dedicated to the care of young adults with acquired brain injuries or complex disabilities in Derby.

Period Victorian property Nightingale House, a former private nursing and midwifery hospital and later a Macmillan unit in the city centre, is undergoing extensive internal renovations to create a luxury home offering residential and respite services for clients with complex needs.

Due to open early next year, the £1.5million development named ‘Nightingale Home’ is the latest facility to be launched by award-winning established care specialists, Progress Care Solutions. With over 15 years’ of experience providing a host of services and facilities for children and young adults with complex health and disability needs, including home support, supported living  as well as foster care, the latest investment will be the group’s seventh specialist care facility in the Midlands.

Housing state-of-the-art specialist equipment, and sensitively designed bathrooms, the interior design and structure aims to provide a contemporary and luxurious environment for clients.

Boasting eight individually designed residential suites and four respite bedrooms, the rooms will be adapted for each client to create a bespoke home-from-home feel.

Claire Haynes, director at Progress Care Solutions, said “Although we are providing contemporary designs for each room, we will encourage clients to have a say in the décor and to make the room their own. For those with long-term needs, it is important that they feel as much at home as possible.”

Nightingale Home will also have two spacious communal areas, a state-of-the-art sensory room and hydrotherapy facilities.

A preferred service provider for East Midlands Consortium, Progress Care Solutions chose the site to be more localised for clients and families in the area and somewhere that was ideally situated within the heart of the community.

“As part of the rehabilitation programmes for many clients, it is important that they feel very much a part of the community and the location is ideal to be able to be in walking distance to local amenities. With specialist facilities and partnerships in place, Nightingale Home will set the blue-print for us to expand our portfolio into this specialist area, one in which we hope to expand across other sites in the future,” she added.

A corporate member of national brain injury association Headway, Progress Care Solutions is working in partnership with the charity to gain its approved provider accreditation.

Claire continued: “Throughout our career in the care industry we recognise that not everyone whether they are adults or children can be supported in such specialist areas or use local community resources. With the support of specialist organisations like Headway, Nightingale Home will be developed so that we can provide an outstanding service and facilities specifically for the needs of those with acquired brain, spinal injuries or complex disabilities and we are currently in the process of sourcing a significant multidisciplinary team in place to provide additional specialist input.”

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