Danshell Group has opened two new learning disability services in Dundee.
Following a comprehensive review of its existing provision, and in partnership with commissioners, a decision was taken to develop a care pathway with more bespoke care and support options being made available.
Thistle Care Home with Nursing offers a four bed service, Lomond, specifically for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and a separate unit for up to six adults living with a learning disability and complex needs. The focus is on ensuring that the people supported are part of the local community and can access education, employment and meaningful activities to meet their needs.
Wallace Hospital is also split into two separate areas. There are seven bedrooms for those individuals with a learning disability, complex needs and behaviours that can be perceived as challenging. There is also an additional three enhanced suites delivering 24 hour care and support within a structured and therapeutic environment.
The new service configuration, based at the former Monroe House which has undergone significant investment, will enable people to have increased choice and independence, enabling them to progress along their care pathway, living their lives as they would wish to.
Ashley Fraser-Green, Service Manager, said: “The two services will work together to provide a care pathway for service users to support them to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
“We are committed to supporting people in a manner that enables them to do the things that most of us take for granted, such as spending time with family and friends, having something worthwhile to do during the day, learning new skills and feeling included and valued in their own community.”
Mel Ramsey, Chief Executive of Danshell, said: “These fantastic new services will play a significant role in providing true person centred support for people living with learning disabilities and autism.
“We will carry on listening to all our stakeholders as we design new services, 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 in shaping services”