Heathcotes welcomes first resident to supported living service
Heathcotes Group have welcomed the first resident to our latest supported living service in Bradford with the arrival of service user, MJ.
Prior to the move MJ had spent two years living in full-time residential care at Heathcotes Whitley, a specialist service for adults with Learning disabilities and Autism who may have dual diagnoses and associated complex needs. With help from the Whitley support team, MJ grew in confidence and built upon his daily living skills to enable his transition to a self-contained supported living apartment, where he plans to further develop his independence.
MJ’s new home is the second supported living service which Heathcotes have introduced following the opening of a similar property in Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, in 2017. We are increasing our capacity to provide the full care pathway for service users with more supported living accommodation due for completion in Rotherham later this year and in Leeds next year. The properties will complement Heathcotes’ 62 full-time residential care services for adults with learning disabilities, mental illness and associated challenging behaviours.
Heathcotes Head of Commissioning, Natalia Lysiuk, said:
“Much of Heathcotes’ work is focused on supporting complex individuals in a residential setting with a view to increasing their independence, social inclusion and community integration as a clear long-term outcome. Supported living in self-contained provision is an increasingly important element of that work, as this type of accommodation enables individuals to achieve further independence in their own environment. Last year we helped 25 individuals to move into a more independent setting and so far this year 19 service users have achieved the same outcome - MJ is the latest and we were delighted to hear that he loves his new apartment. He’s very excited about entering a new chapter in his life and Heathcotes are excited for MJ too. His journey typifies the successful transition that we aim to support and facilitate for our service users across the country.”