Some of North Yorkshire's most vulnerable adults moved a step closer to greater independence with the official opening of new apartments in Harrogate on Friday (Jan 11).
Specialist Health & Social care provider, ubu, opened two new ustep supports, which offer innovative, unique personalised lifestyle support for adults with learning difficulties.
Placing customers very firmly at the heart of everything it does ubu, which has its hub at Haywra Street in Harrogate, has designed ustep support solutions to identify the unique needs of each resident and supports them as they work towards greater independence.
The innovative support model, which is widely recognised by the NHS, Local Authorities and other providers as being a beacon of good practice has taken more than 20 years to develop and combines first class support through the provision of unobtrusive, yet comprehensive support in high quality accommodation, in a cost effective way.
Customers of the modern purpose designed apartments will be encouraged to set individual targets including therapeutic work, education, lifestyle and in their personal relationships with the support of their Enablers. Many ustep apartments are designed around the individual to live on their own, with others or couples to share as they achieve their ambitions of a greater independent lifestyle.
Mr Simon Cox, has been receiving ubu support for a number of years, most recently sharing, but said that he was looking forward to moving into his own apartment.
"It’s enabled me to progress so I can live more independent and safely," Simon who does Therapeutic work at the garden centre said as he waited for his mother, Linda, to cut the ribbon and open this new service.
His mother, Linda, who lives in Harrogate, agreed. "This will be fantastic for Simon allowing him to make more choices about his own future yet still giving him the security that there is round the clock support if he needs it," she added. "For us, his family, it takes a weight off our minds knowing he is in a safe and secure environment as he takes the next steps to greater independence."
Dorothy Jarvis-Lee, Chief Executive of ubu said: "With an ever changing Political agenda and more demands being made on the Health and Social Care sector to provide more for less, ubu are pleased that we have the solution that progresses the way forward for those most vulnerable and who need specialised health and social care support, those with challenging behaviour and who may have a learning disability: autism, emotional trauma.
"The way we deliver support is a key element of how ubu are moving forwards towards a vision of enabling citizenship by transforming people’s lives with minimal support. ubu’s unique transformational approach supports people along a pathway towards citizenship, greater independence safely and reduces levels of support. The approach delivers safe progressive outcomes in a flexible supportive environment."