Former Holmhurst (46 Half Moon Lane)

The conversion of Holmhurst at 46 Half Moon Lane at the end of Burbage Road to a residential facility for adults with severe learning disability will begin in January.  Ten flats, together with supporting communal catering and social facilities, will be created and 10-13 men will move in gradually with the aim of reaching full occupation by August next year.

The residents will mostly stay for 2- 8 years as they will be in transition to independent living and they will be supported round the clock by a team of professional staff. Residents will seek to live fully and, hopefully, also work within the community. The staffing has been carefully selected to support any needs arising from potential ‘ challenging behaviour’ (such as self neglect, self harm or aggression).

Staff and services will be drawn from our community where possible and changes to parking and the building exterior are expected to be minimal. There will be an open day arranged for neighbours to meet the team nearer the time.  In the meantime they are keen to hear from anyone who would like to work with or offer opportunities to those coming to live here.

More information, including details about the planning application and ‘frequently asked questions’ can be found at:
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/100010/health_and_social_care/3758/proposal_for_a_new_rehabilitation_scheme_on_half_moon_lane

The transformation of Holmhurst is being managed by Optimacare in a four-way partnership with Southwark (who will provide the property service, including the £4m property which underpins the financial viability), Guys & St Thomas’ and The Maudsley who will both provide medical expertise.
The planning application in due course will include any potential changes to parking bays which may be relevant to the Safe Routes team.  BRRA is keeping an eye on this.
The move to small independently managed units is part of the reaction to the scandals of care homes for this group. The ages of the men (they will all be men) are 30-50 and they will all have a high level of support of 30/40 staff on rota for the 13 residents. This will be the first move out of an institution for the residents and the savings are envisaged to be about half of what it costs in full scale care homes.

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