Danshell, a provider of learning disability and mental health services in the UK, has opened its first ‘bespoke’ care services.
Following on from the launch of its first fully bespoke service, Hope House in Hartlepool, Danshell is now pleased to offer a number of male placements at Thors Park in Colchester and female placements at Yew Trees in Frinton-on-Sea. The placements have been commissioned directly to meet the needs of individual service users who need a greater level of support than conventional services offer.
The accommodation offers each service user their own apartment with living area, kitchenette and en-suite bathroom and private garden area. They provide service users with the independence to develop social and living skills with the necessary support to meet their individual needs.
In addition to the personal space that is completely customised for the often complex needs of the service user, there is full access to clinical and therapeutic specialist support. This enables the delivery of flexible and person centred care plans tailored to individual needs.
Peter Crascall, Regional Operations Director at Danshell who has been heavily involved in formulating the bespoke services, said: “Innovation is key when designing bespoke, personalised services, whether this is specific design features to accommodate specific requirements or a colour scheme that responds to sensory needs.
“There are a significant number of people for whom conventional care or community services just don’t work. This often leads to multiple placement breakdowns, safeguarding issues or a greater level of staff to service user ratio than the individual needs.
“By designing the service to fit the person, rather than trying to fit the person into a more generic care setting, triggers for behaviour that challenges can be reduced. As a result the individual feels valued and listened to and their quality of life is greatly enhanced”.
Efi Hershkovitz, CEO of Danshell, said: “Danshell is committed to supporting people in a manner that enables and supports them do the things that most of us take for granted. This includes spending time with family and friends and having something worthwhile to do during the day. In addition they learn new skills, feel a valued part of their own community and secure in their own home.”
“Quality of care, dignity and compassion are at the heart of everything we do. We will carry on listening to all our stakeholders, but most importantly, to the people who use our services and their families to ensure they have the support they need to speak up and participate. Danshell is leading the way in genuine person-centred care, which other service providers must follow.”