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NEIGHBOURHOOD RESOURCE CENTRES FIRST OF THEIR KIND

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Greenwich LBC's three state-of-the-art neighbourhood resource centres provide an innovative funding solution to the...
Greenwich LBC's three state-of-the-art neighbourhood resource centres provide an innovative funding solution to the care needs of older people. They are the first of their kind in the country. They provide registered residential, nursing and day care facilities as well as emergency, planned respite and intermediate care for 169 local residents. They are the result of an ambitious social care partnership, funded through the private finance initiative between Greenwich LBC and the ASK Consortium. Ashley Homes, the care and support services division of the Shaftesbury Housing Association is contracted to provide the care.

The three NRCs provide high standards of design, build and service provision for older people and were designed in consultation with residents, staff, the local primary care trust and other local voluntary groups. Each resident has an en-suite bedroom, and there are spacious communal areas for shared activities and socialising, as well as distinctive features such as sensory rooms. The service provision and facilities exceed the standards required by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

Greenwich cabinet member for health, adults and older people Jagir Sekhon said:

'It is evident that this centre, like the others I am sure, is a welcoming happy and homely environment for those who live here. Greenwich Council is once again leading the way in providing excellent services for our residents. The neighbourhood resource centres mean older people in Greenwich can avail of the highest quality services that put their needs first. The NRCs are able to tailor the level of support for each resident, enabling everyone to a full, active and independent life. This is part of the council's commitment to ensuring that we provide first class services for our elderly people who deserve no less.'

Greenwich Teaching PCT chief executive Jane Schofield said:

'When I look around the three brand new homes and see the space and privacy that they afford residents, I really feel that we have created an environment of care fit for our local elders. I am absolutely delighted that the NHS has been able to collaborate with all of the agencies involved to radically improve services in this way.'

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