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Disability supported housing service celebrates regional award win

15 October 2018

A £3.7m supported housing service for people with physical disabilities in Lowestoft has celebrated a recent award win with its first official open event.

Sara Keetley, Lesley Pyner, Gemma Else and Dave Shaw celebrating the award win at Clover Court.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Clover Court, which provides 24-hour care and support for people with physical disabilities, held a celebration attended by residents, their friends and families, social workers and district councillors, after taking home the Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life Award at the Suffolk Care Awards.

The award recognised the staff’s work to empower residents and encourage them to gain new skills, self-esteem and wellbeing, as well as the service’s use of assistive technology to increase residents’ independence and confidence.

Clover Court is SSL’s flagship physical disability service, with a high level of technology built into the design, with a range of sensors which allow residents - irrespective of their disability - to open their own front door, use the lift and control their own televisions and other devices.

The service replaces a previous Sanctuary property – Shaftesbury Court – which was equipped with 15 beds, and instead, offers 20 flats, each consisting of a living room, kitchen, bedroom and en suite bathroom. Residents moved into the service earlier this year.

Clover Court residents also benefit from level access throughout the building, widened corridors to accommodate large wheelchairs, call systems and accessible lifts, as well as overhead hoists in bedrooms and bathrooms.

SSL local service manager Lesley Pyner said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome everyone to the party after the previous night’s excitement at winning the award.

“Since opening Clover Court, we have been able to provide more personalised care and support tailored to the individual needs of residents than ever before.”

SSL operations director Sara Keetley said: “With its recent award win, our flagship Clover Court service has got off to a flying start since residents moved in earlier this year.

“Our extensive use of technology in the property allows residents to take back control of everyday tasks that others might take for granted.”

Our extensive use of technology in the property allows residents to take back control of everyday tasks that others might take for granted.

SSL Operations Director, Sara Keetley

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