Royal Blind Expands Adult Services in Edinburgh

royal blind logoScotland’s largest visual impairment organisation is expanding its services for adults with the development of a new residence providing community-based supported living in Edinburgh.

For more than five years Royal Blind’s Forward Vision service has provided residential care for 17-25 year olds with visual impairment and complex support needs at its beautiful purpose-built bungalows in Morningside.

The Scottish charity has now announced the opening of a brand new residence for four visually impaired adults, Allermuir, which will be nestled in a residential Edinburgh neighbourhood.

The house, named after a hill in the Pentlands, will provide 24-hour individualised care, giving service users the chance to become part of a diverse and thriving community.

The former ten bedroom care home in Glenallan Drive in Edinburgh is less than three miles from Forward Vision’s Morningside base and just one mile from Cameron Toll Shopping Centre. The house is in a peaceful setting adjacent to picturesque parkland with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat.

Opening in August 2016, Allermuir will undergo a complete renovation and refit to equip it to have four fully accessible en suite bedrooms for residents, a staff bedroom, two living spaces, a large kitchen and dining area and a private garden.

Julie Jamieson, Care Services Manager at Royal Blind, said:“We are all incredibly excited about Allermuir. While our current Forward Vision service acts as a transition from school life into adulthood for those aged between 17 and 25, our new residence will provide a home for life for adults with visual impairment.”

Rosalynn Fearon, whose son Scott, aged 22, has been a Forward Vision resident for around four years, said: “Forward Vision has lovely accommodation and great facilities that have allowed Scott to have an active daily programme that meets all of his life needs. When meeting the staff we have always been impressed with their knowledge, dedication and the warm, caring approach that they show towards Scott. I am sure that this new service will have the same excellent quality of care.”

Royal Blind is a registered charity that runs services for blind and visually impaired people throughout the UK. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. www.royalblind.org

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