Plans for new specialist day service in Rothwell

Council chiefs will be asked to approve plans for a new build in south Leeds that will create a new, specialist day centre base for adults with learning disabilities, at their executive board meeting next week.

Approval is being sought for proposals to demolish the existing Rothwell Fulfilling Lives (west building), and build a new bespoke facility on the site. This will provide a specialist day service for adults with learning disabilities who have additional health needs in the south of the city.

The existing building was initially going to be completely refurbished to bring it up to the required standard. The surveys and investigations that were subsequently carried out showed that this was not the most cost effective option due to the scale of work required.

In light of the overall cost of the project and the requirement to provide a service for customers with the most complex care needs, a new build is now the preferred option. This will deliver significantly lower maintenance costs and be more energy efficient. An integrated community room will be part of the new building, which can be hired out to local groups. A number of specialist facilities will be incorporated to meet the complexity of need of customers including:

• A rebound therapy room

• A sensory room

• Dedicated medical room to support the work of NHS staff based there

• Dedicated discreet space for enteral tube feeding

• Charging stations and areas for electric wheelchairs

• Purpose built physiotherapy and postural management room

• Changing Place toilet and changing facilities

• Tracking hoists in many areas

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:

“This proposal is another landmark in our drive to modernise services for people with learning disabilities in Leeds.

"Our shared vision with customers and other stakeholders is for adults with learning disabilities to be given every opportunity to benefit from engaging in the life of the city from a base that is appropriate to their needs.

"If approved, this new building will deliver a bespoke service for customers with complex health needs for many years to come.

"All the demographic information available to us, both locally and nationally, points towards a steady increase in demand for services for customers with complex health needs. This is the result of both an ageing population and improvements in health care for people with learning disabilities.

“We need to make sure that we have the specialist facilities in place to meet this demand, along with activities and services to enable vulnerable adults to fulfil their potentials.”

The proposed new facility will be a 50 place unit with 25 place specifically for customers with special care needs, and will complete the modernisation of learning disability day services in the south of the city.


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