Two homes that are a new concept in creating safe, secure places where people with learning difficulties can live independently are about to open in the tranquil village of Gayton, near King’s Lynn in East Anglia.
The brand new homes have been created in the grounds of Sail Close – a supported living service for people with mental health needs run by care provider Regard. Resembling individual bungalows they will be completely self-contained.
They are the first of a series of “My Home” units where people can take steps towards looking after themselves and living independently. Regard is planning to open other similar facilities across the country.
Katrina Greff, Regard Care Manager at Sail Close said: “It is important people with learning difficulties and mental health needs live as independently as possible. This new concept allows people to have their own home but support on their doorstep.
“These units are the first of their type in the country and it is an historic moment taking the care and support of people to a new level.
“Many people with learning difficulties who have relied on Mum and Dad into adulthood then have to make their way in the world and need to learn skills, such as cooking, looking after themselves and having their own space.
“It means that within Mill House, Sail Close and these new units there are a variety of levels of care to suit the individuals. Some people will progress along a pathway enabling them to get the levels of support they need at each stage.”
The two “My Home” units have been designed to a high specification with a pitched tiled roof, double glazing and heating provided by electric panels on the walls. They are completely self-contained with each having a bedroom, bathroom and living area with kitchen. They share a decked garden area.
Referrals are now being taken for these services and the first individuals will be able to move in during July. The concept is to be repeated at other Regard care facilities across the UK.
Find out more about Regard and its services at www.regard.co.uk