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New step down flatlet enhances the care pathway at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse

Cygnet Lodge Brighouse have opened a new step down flatlet within the unit, which aims to develop the care pathway for service users who are moving towards their own supported flat within the community. This exciting new development has been established due to recognition that there is a gap in the service between intensive community rehabilitation and supported accommodation.
The kitchen area of the new flatlet at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.
The kitchen area of the new flatlet at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.

The flatlet will provide an opportunity for service users to increase their independence with daily living skills in order to prepare themselves for community supported accommodation. It will also provide an opportunity for commissioners and community teams to see the progression in skills that their service user has made in order that appropriate accommodation and level of support is sought, which will enable a smoother transition of care.

Part of the lounge area in the new flatlet at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.
Part of the lounge area in the new flatlet at Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.

The flatlet contains three bedrooms and a shared kitchen/ living area. The flatlet will be a single-sex unit and this will be dependent upon the needs and care pathway of the current service users. The newly fitted kitchen/ living area contains all of the necessities that the service users will require in order to develop skills for independent living. There is a fully functioning kitchen and a place to eat together. There is also a living area with a television and sofas where the service users can sit and socialise.

Service users will be expected to develop responsibility for maintaining the flatlet on a day-to-day basis and cook for themselves. They will be supported by the multi-disciplinary team in order to develop skills to manage with increased responsibilities and planning for activities, such as weekly shopping and attending appointments. The multi-disciplinary team will continue to provide specialist treatment and interventions, such as psychology and substance misuse input, which will allow the service user to have the familiarity of the team and the sessions.

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