Craven House opened as residential home for 4 adults with a learning disability in 1991. Sadly since autumn of last year the home has only had 1 permanent resident together with a short term placement who sadly passed away. Discussions with the Local Authority concluded that there is no current demand for residential care and no demand in the pipeline. Clearly this situation at Craven House could not continue. Although the staff team were proactive in supporting the remaining resident to attend various activities and events the home no longer provided an environment which was stimulating, in the main due to the lack of interaction with other residents. The decision was therefore taken to close the home.
However, undefeated we felt that as an organisation we have cared for this resident for many years and felt a moral obligation to continue to do this if a way could be found. Following many discussions with NYCC it was decided that we would change the provision of care at Craven House to a Supported Living Model. It was our intention that once the registration was formally cancelled the property would simultaneously revert to a supported living property and the remaining resident would receive a continuous uninterrupted home and support delivered by a familiar care team within a Supported Living Model.
As Catholic Care is already registered as a Domiciliary Care Provider including the delivery of care and support into supported living settings, it was our intention that the current staff team at Craven House would join the Domiciliary Care Team being based at Craven House.
November 16th was the big day and we are pleased to say that this has now happened and the transition was indeed seamless. A number of referrals have been received and a second person will be moving into ‘Oakdene’, as it is now known, early in the New Year.