A new respite care home specifically designed to meet the needs of Islanders with learning disabilities and associated conditions will be opened next week by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl, and Lady McColl.
Mourant Lodge in Trinity is the latest addition to essential care services provided by Les Amis, the Jersey charity that supports people with learning disabilities and/or associated conditions.
Les Amis Managing Director Shaun Findlay said the home was the result of a partnership between Les Amis, Les Vaux Housing Trust and Health and Social Services to meet the need for respite care.
‘Mourant Lodge will enable us to meet the specific needs of people with learning disabilities and associated conditions by providing the best level of care and support in bespoke, purpose-built accommodation. We have worked in partnership with Les Vaux Housing Trust and Health to deliver services – identified in the White Paper on the future of Health and Social Care and the Health scrutiny panel’s report on residential care – at no additional cost to the taxpayer,’ he said.
The official opening takes place at 10.30 am on Wednesday 9 April before invited guests. Islanders are invited to view the facilities between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
The bespoke accommodation comprises four bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area and staff accommodation. It is located next to the Philip Mourant Centre behind Howard Davis Farm.
Les Amis was first opened at Five Oaks in 1975. Originally known as Maison Variety it now has over 28 properties and supports more than130 service users through residential respite and outreach services around the Island.
Today Les Amis is an expanding organisation, growing to meet the needs of those with learning disabilities – including Down’s Syndrome and autism – and/or associated conditions in Jersey. It has been running adult respite care services for 20 years.
Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who care for family members. Those using the local facility do not necessarily require 24-hour care as many of Les Amis clients enjoy fulfilling and rewarding lives by working and attending college. However, there are occasion when their carers need the support of respite care due to other commitments or simply to give them a break.
The need for additional respite care spaces was identified by Scrutiny in 2012 and is part of Health’s long-term strategy to be provided alternatives to residential care and support people to stay at home longer.