The Joseph Cox Charity’s Mary & Joseph House, a care home in Ancoats, Manchester, has been awarded an overall ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission in a recent report, making it one of only four in the UK and the first care home in Greater Manchester to hold the status in all five areas of inspection.
The home provides residential care for gentlemen suffering from mental health conditions and / or alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD), many of whom have experienced homelessness.
Mary & Joseph House has become a role model in its approach to ‘partnership care’, working with residents to facilitate their rehabilitation through meaningful activities and tailored care programmes to suit the needs of the individual.
Home to 41 adults aged between 40 and 80 years old, Mary & Joseph House is part of the Joseph Cox Charity, which was founded in 1963 as a result of concerns raised for the welfare of homeless men in Manchester. Now chaired by Joseph’s son, John Cox, the charity opened Mary & Joseph House in 1993 to address the increasing demand for residential facilities equipped to deal with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) or Kosakoff’s Syndrome.
Under the direction of a dedicated management committee, the charity now oversees two houses – Mary and Joseph House in Ancoats and Joseph Cox House in Didsbury, which is managed in partnership with The Depaul Trust and is part of the Safestop Manchester project, supporting young people affected by homelessness.
Julie Hoszowskyj, home manager of Mary and Joseph House, Ancoats, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for everyone, the residents, the staff and the home to be rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The home is a truly unique place that centres its care about the principles of dignity and respect. Something our residents recognise and take on board in their approach to their own rehabilitation. We aim to help residents cope with the difficulties they have faced in life and show them an alternative path that is not centred around alcohol consumption or misuse. Our residents become keen gardeners, artists, carpenters, musicians and this helps to redefine them as valued members of society and rebuild their confidence.”
John Cox, Chairman of the Joseph Cox Charity, added: “The work that Julie and her team carry out day after day is nothing short of miraculous. They have helped so many people turn their lives around; we have men who were once residents that now either volunteer or work for the House, having been given the opportunity and confidence to realise what they are truly capable of.”
Mary and Joseph House are proud of the unique approach we have to providing care and the opportunities that we offer to our gentlemen to help them rebuild the lives. some of our residents will be affected by the symptoms of alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) for the rest of their lives, however we will work in partnership with them to recognise their potential and help them to achieve it with support and care delivered by our fantastic team,” said Julie.
Mary & Joseph House is providing this valuable support in time of great need for residential homes to address the crippling pressure on health and social care services in Greater Manchester, as well as the number of people now sleeping rough in the region.
According to the latest figures – based on estimates carried out over one night in November 2016 – there were 189 people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester, compared with 134 recorded in 2015.
“Now is the time that we need to support those in need and work with them to rehabilitate them effectively, so they have the opportunity to make a change to their lives. It is not-for-profit organisations such as ours that must do all we can to offer a lifeline to these individuals,” added John.