More than £1 million has been ploughed into an independent living complex in the Harborough district

Brookfield allows adults with long-term disabilities to live independently but also with the right care and support

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 1:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 2:00 pm
Brookfield, an independent living scheme at Great Glen.

More than £1 million has been ploughed into an independent living complex in a Harborough village by Leicestershire County Council.

About 90 adults with long-term disabilities have moved into supported living services from residential care throughout the county over the last year.

And this policy is being showcased by the council’s investment in Brookfield, an independent living scheme at Great Glen.

Following the refurbishment of the former sheltered accommodation, Creative Support, which provides the care and support, has now welcomed the first tenants.

Around 20 people will make Great Glen their home over the next few months.

Cllr Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “For a lot of these residents it will be the first time they’ve lived out of residential care, the first time they’ve had more than just a bedroom to themselves.

“I am so proud of the part we have played in this exciting next step in their lives.

“I wish everyone the very best in their new home.”

He added: “Brookfield represents a small part of our huge commitment to investing in adult social care across the county.

“We are developing housing for older people, adults with learning and physical disabilities and adults with mental health needs as a priority.

“We are committed to providing the best care that we can across the county.

“Wellbeing is at the heart of the work we do and living in suitable accommodation is a vital part of this.”

The Brookfield development consists of self -contained flats and communal areas for the tenants.

Each flat can be altered to cater for a number of physical needs and has its own private bathroom. The communal areas offer a place to relax, watch television or to cook in the shared kitchen, giving the residents an opportunity to socialise.

Schemes like Brookfield allow tenants to live with greater independence, to have choice and control over where they want to live and who they want to live with.

The council said there is a particular demand for a scheme like Brookfield in Harborough as it means families can stay close to their loved ones as they work towards living more independently.