On the 27th February the Napier Service and Enhanced Care Unit (ECU) for younger adults with profound learning and physical difficulties was opened by Cllr David Brake, Lead Member for Adult Social Care in Medway. The Napier unit was managed as part of Medway Council in-house services for many years and in November 2014, the services were outsourced to the Rochester Care Home site, managed by Agincare Homes Holdings. Agincare already operated Victory Care Home and Rochester Care Home, both ex-Council services for older persons, in Medway and had worked in partnership with the Council providing bed places and day care services on these sites since September 2013. There have been significant changes made at both homes since this time.
In respect of the Napier and ECU service, the Council had been unable to commit the significant investment required to integrate the respite and day care service provision (often used by the same people but based a few hundred yards away from each other and in generally unsuitable accommodation) – or to develop the provision to meet changing needs. Agincare has carried out a half a million pound investment programme to redevelop part of Rochester Care Home, expanding provision to allow improved residential respite accommodation, along with space for the day care services. This now incorporates multi-functional communal space, a therapy room, a Snoezelen and various purpose built changing and bathing spaces; all of which will greatly assist community health professionals to work more easily alongside the Napier Day & Respite Service visitors and staff team.
The existing skilled staff team transferred with the services and are now led by Mr Barry Price, General Manager at Rochester Care Home, who has many years of experience in working across multiple services supporting people with a learning disability and complex needs. Barry said: “It’s a great opportunity to be part of such an exciting journey for Rochester Care Home and the Napier Service. The plans we have in place will enable us to offer quality, bespoke packages of care that are truly outcome focussed and built on a platform of personalisation.”
The Agincare senior management team also brings significant experience in terms of varied service provision, working with over 30 local authorities providing numerous health and social care contracts. The team was further strengthened in the area of complex learning disability and physical disability care by the recent addition of Philippa Scott, Operations Director who also spent much of 2014 working in the Medway locality. Raina Summerson, Group Chief Executive Officer said: “The negotiations regarding the Napier Day & Respite Service were lengthy but we were always convinced that the combination of investment, skills and experience held across our group combined with the passionate and committed existing staff team locally could only mean a safe and fantastic future for this care and support provision. Everyone involved with this redevelopment is excited about the improved future service provision and delighted with the fantastic works completed on site by our own building team and in consultation with those who use the service, their families, the staff and local health and social care professionals.”
Cllr David Brake, Lead Member for Adult Social Care in Medway said: “I am delighted to see the changes that have been made to these much valued services. The experience that Agincare brings has enabled the changes to be made in a timely way and the services now being provided will serve people well, now and into the future.”