Praise for Phoenix House – Paving the way for Future care
13 Oct 2016
Precious Homes’ new residential service was officially opened on 23rd September by Councillor Aleen Alarice, who cut the ribbon and joined in the celebrations alongside people we support, their families, our teams and health and social care professionals from across London and surrounding counties.
In her opening speech, Councillor Aleen Alarice praised Precious Homes’ innovative approaches to care and the development of a housing model that she hopes will pave the way for future services not just in the Borough, but also on a national scale.
Phoenix House has been designed to support people with autism spectrum disorders and/or who are moving out of secure settings to live in the community. Like all of Precious Homes’ services, Phoenix House will provide 24/7 individualised support from highly qualified and trained support teams.
Councillor Alarice said: “I continue to be overwhelmed and inspired by the innovative way in which Precious Homes are operating within our community in the London borough of Newham. Indeed, the word precious rings out through the service within the community serving the people they support in an unselfish way. I am pleased to see organisations like this operate in a brilliant and friendly way – engaging with the families of the service users and taking their team welfare very seriously to ensure that high results are being delivered.”
Also joining us on the day was local Councillor Ken Clarke who said:
I was delighted to be invited to see the services Phoenix House offers people with complex support needs. Resilience is the key to transforming individual lives and communities and that is embedded in everything Newham Council does. We want all of our residents to have the skills and resources that will allow them to live independently, negotiate common challenges, overcome difficult circumstances and take up opportunities that come their way. The range of facilities at Phoenix House, tailored to a variety of needs, can support people in achieving that.”
Phoenix House consists of 6 individual flats and a three-person shared service, all on the same site. All individuals living at Phoenix House will be supported to engage in the range of communal spaces and therapeutic resources including a music room, sensory room and IT suite as well as the hot tub, sunken trampoline and bowling alley within their outdoor sensory garden.
Greg Lapham, Chief Operating Officer at Precious Homes said: “This model has been developed in direct response to the Government’s Transforming Care Agenda; meeting local demand for specialist community placements for people who may have spent a long time in a hospital and secure environment. At Phoenix House, we have developed a service that can be individually tailored to the specific needs of the person prior to their transition, focusing on their sensory needs and adapting the environment in response. Our teams work with each person in a very unique way. Personalised support aims to develop skills and increase independence as individuals integrate further within their local community in Newham.
We are delighted to have welcomed our first individual into Phoenix House and look forward to supporting her independence further.
A truly fantastic event – thank you to everyone who came to support us!