Ten new homes in Carshalton, south west London, have set a new national standard for accommodation for people with physical and learning disabilities, according to Sutton Council.
At the official opening of Ashcombe Court, Tom Brake MP joined health professionals and council heads to see how the purpose built flats are changing the lives of their new tenants and allowing them to live as independently as possible.
The homes, funded by the Department of Health, NHS Sutton and Merton and Progress Care Housing Association, were purpose built for 10 of the last 18 people living on the Orchard Hill Hospital site in Carshalton, England’s last long-stay hospital for adults with a learning disability.
The Ashcombe Court tenants moved into their new homes in December 2009 and this development is the first of its type in the UK for citizens with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The flats have been designed in conjunction with relatives, carers, support staff and advocates.
Each of the one-bed, self-contained homes features an open plan kitchen/lounge, bedroom and bathroom, tailored to the needs of people who use large wheelchairs. The latest equipment and assistive technology has been installed, such as seizure sensors, to ensure that people live as independently as possible.