Transforming Care: Holly Lodge II
We’ve been awarded a NHS Transforming Care grant of £1.8 million to build a second Holly Lodge. The scheme will be for six adults with very complex challenging behaviours.
Since we built our first scheme in 2013 (Holly Lodge I) for people with complex challenging behaviours, we’ve had a lot of interest to build similar properties. We have been attending conferences as guest speakers and have given guidance to a number of local authorities who are considering similar projects.
Holly Lodge I was conceived and designed from the ground upwards by listening to the key stakeholders, who are the people we support, their families and the support network around the tenants. It was built in 2013 before the NHS Transforming Care programme and provides a stepping stone into the community for people with very complex challenging behaviours. It’s a robust, homely environment using design and technology to help manage behaviours that challenge.
Transforming Care is about improving health and care services and providing safe environments for people leaving long stay hospitals. To goal is to help them to improve their health and wellbeing and get them back into the community.
We’re building Holly Lodge II in Batley, Yorkshire. Six people have already been identified and will be coming out of hospital to live in the scheme. Some have lived in hospital for many years, which could have been prevented had there been more schemes like Holly Lodge.
The development will include six bungalows, a staff office, sleepover room and training facilities. Like Holly Lodge I, it will be a state-of-the-art development, that will not only feel homely for the residents, but will also be safer for staff and residents. The scheme will include features such as curved (and removable) internal walls, soft impact finishes to floors and walls, underfloor heating and assistive technologies.
We know it works
Holly Lodge I has not only helped people to move out of hospital and saved money for the local authority, it has also made a huge improvement to the quality of life of individuals living there. Everyone has their own front and back door and for some people it’s the first time in their lives that they don’t have to share with anyone else.