Innovative Supported Living scheme officially opens in Porthpean

A Cornwall Council scheme of 7 new spacious one bedroom homes in Porthpean near St Austell, designed to support learning disabled adults with a range of eligible health and social care needs to live independently, was officially opened yesterday (27 March 2019).

The high quality and technology enabled new Supported Living scheme was designed and built with a partnership between Wainhomes, Cornwall Council Housing and Adult Social Care and Cornwall Housing. The scheme provides a blue print for future much needed Supported Living that assists individuals to live ordinary lives within their local community.

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Adult social care have commissioned quality care and support on site to ensure the people who live there  develop a range of independence skills with care and support that supports them to live their life the way they want to.

Havencare, the core care and support provider will offer flexible person centred care and support for tenants to meet their individual needs. The use of assistive technology funded by Adult Social Care will promote independence and skill development.

These new innovative homes are managed by Cornwall Housing and each person has their own tenancy providing security for them to have their own home and own front door.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for adults and Andrew Mitchell, cabinet portfolio holder for homes have been to meet and welcome the new residents.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said:  “This Council is committed to providing 1,000 quality homes by 2021 which match the needs of our residents.  These can be affordable homes to buy or rent, homes that will be available for market rent or, as in this case, specially built and accessible homes for residents who need extra support.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Helping people who may have additional needs to have a home of their own is hugely important. These new homes are fully accessible and designed and built to meet the needs of our residents who have professional support available whenever they need it. Schemes like this support and promote strong communities so that people live their lives as successfully, independently and safely as possible.”

Mark has recently moved here into his own flat which has allowed him to move back to Cornwall from Plymouth, he said: “I’m glad to be back living near family. Living here I can choose how I spend my time, either in my flat or here (in the community hub).”

The community hub is the heart of this supported living development providing tenants with access to a shared space offering social opportunities and a range of activities. Technology Enabled Care options are available such as Autonome, a web based application which helps develop independent living skills such as travel training and meal preparation. The hub is available at structured times and provides opportunities for people to develop relationships and strengthen links with the wider community.  

Posted 28 March 2019