Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We are transforming the way that we support adults with learning disabilities by moving away from traditional residential care, and investing in purpose-built accommodation that helps people with complex learning disabilities to live with as much independence and autonomy as possible.
“Our new Supported Living developments have been sympathetically designed both inside and out by the County Council’s in-house award-winning Property Services team. Great care has been taken to ensure that these spaces incorporate the latest care technology, to give residents even more choice and control in how their support is delivered.
“The community based accommodation enables people with complex and high levels of need, to live independently in their own flat with the reassurance that care support is on hand 24/7.”
The development, which forms part of the County Council’s wider £35 million investment in Supported Living accommodation across Hampshire, comprises 18 one bedroom flats, each equipped with a spacious bedroom, an open plan kitchen and lounge, and a modern bathroom. Residents are also able to enjoy the property’s furnished communal spaces, as well as landscaped gardens.
The remaining residents will move in gradually over the coming months. The County Council has leased the building to Golden Lane Housing, a specialised landlord for people with learning disabilities, which will issue tenancies to the individuals when they move in. The cost of rent is covered through housing benefit.
On-site 24/7 care support at Fernhill Court will be provided by MacIntyre, which has been commissioned by the County Council’s adult social care service.
To be considered for Supported Living, individuals with learning disabilities are first assessed by the County Council’s adult social care service as being eligible for adult social care support.
The County Council’s Supported Living development programme includes seven new schemes across the county - within the Basingstoke, New Milton, Winchester, Rushmoor, Fareham and Eastleigh areas. Building of the first of these schemes began in 2016, and the seventh and last build is expected to be completed by 2020.