A respite unit in Worcestershire which supports children with complex needs is at the forefront of providing specialised, person-centred care to young people and their families in Worcestershire.
The recently refurbished Osborne Court in Malvern is run by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and delivers respite care for children with a learning and/or physical disability with other complex health needs, enabling carers and other family members to take a short break from their caring role.
It consists of two units; Sir Jules Thorn House 1 and 2. Following an inspection Sir Jules Thorn House 1 has this week been rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED. Sir Jules thorn House 2 is currently awaiting its first inspection.
Amanda Ewer, Unit Manager at Osborne Court, said: “The Good rating is a testament to the team’s commitment and hard work to continuously improving support for children with learning disabilities.”
Osborne Court’s highly specialised facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and outdoor activity spaces help children learn new skills and become more independent during their stay. It has recently been refurbished to include modern kitchens, large living spaces to encourage socialising, and an adaptable bathroom to support care giving.
“We want the unit to feel safe and welcoming. Children are encouraged to bri ng their own belongings like toys, clothes and any activities they like doing, and every child can choose their own bedding so that they feel comfortable. It's really important for each person to have their own space to grow and relax, and the newly refurbished unit provides this." Amanda Ewer, Unit Manager
F eedback from one family using the Unit said: “The team are excellent, and well aware of my child’s personality, needs, and always has their wellbeing at heart. It has been a lifesaver for our whole family. Without it I’m not sure our family would still be functioning”.
Lois Conyer, Team Leader at Osborne Court, added: “The most important aspect of our service is the people. Therapeutic relationships are developed between everyone who is involved - staff, parents, carers, children, and young people. Not only are these relationships critical in helping us to support families through really tough times, they help children and young people flourish in an environment where they can grow as individuals.”
Amanda added: “One thing we do is encourage the children to branch out by trying new things and learning new skills. Whether it’s helping with cooking or going on a fun day trip at the cinema with their peers, all these activities are so important for building confidence, new life skills and independence.”