A CHILDREN’S respite centre in Malvern which is a lifeline for families has been refurbished.
Osborne Court supports children with complex needs is at the forefront of providing specialised, person-centred care to young people and their families in Worcestershire.
It 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 role.
The centre, run by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, 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.
Osborne Court unit manager Amanda Ewer 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 to help children learn new skills and become more independent during their stay. The revamp has seen the centre get new modern kitchens, large living spaces to encourage socialising, and an adaptable bathroom to support care giving.
Ms Ewer added: “We want the unit to feel safe and welcoming.
“Children are encouraged to bring 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.”
Feedback 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.”
Ms Ewer 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.”
Visit https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/osborne-court to find out more.