The Coach House, our new residential care home for adults with acquired brain injuries in Northampton, has now completed its CQC registration process and welcomed its first service users. Initially registered for nine beds, The Coach House adds to our portfolio of services by providing longer term slow-stream brain injury rehabilitation, which is often appropriate for people after an initial period of intensive rehabilitation or post-acute care.
with all of our homes, our aim is to create a place that will feel like home
(not like a medical or institutional setting) for the service users who live
here. In our thirty years of experience, a warm, homely environment helps service
users to engage more in their rehabilitation and have a better quality of life.
Jo Wilkins is the Registered Homes Manager at The Coach House and joined The Richardson Partnership for Care in December 2018. She has worked in the neurological sector for 20 years, and is well-respected amongst her peers, so you may have already met her. You can read more about Jo here.
We have six specialist residential
care homes: three for adults with learning disabilities and three for adults
with acquired brain injuries, and all of our homes cater for people who present
with behaviour that challenges and have complex needs. All of our homes are
located within a few miles of each other in Northampton, and we are often asked
why this is the case.
The answer is two-fold. Firstly, Northampton is our home town. My parents started the business back in 1989 when they looked after service users with learning disabilities in their own home, and it grew from there. Having all the homes in Northampton means that we can more be aware of what’s happening in each one. As the owners of the business, we need to ensure its long-term sustainability and that we remain true to our values and objectives. We also need to be confident that we are providing a high-quality service on a day-to-day basis. Being close by helps us to stay in touch with what’s happening in each home. Too many care companies are owned by private equity firms, who view success in terms of profit alone, and not by the welfare and achievements of the people in their care.
to a community
the homes located close together also means that they share resources more
easily: members of our multi-disciplinary team of therapists work with service
users in all of our homes, so they are much more accessible. In addition, we
can provide greater opportunities to service users. They can get together for
activities such as short-mat bowling, live music events or parties. It helps
them to feel part of a bigger community, increasing social interaction and
hub for neuro specialists
Northampton has evolved as a hub for the treatment and care of people with
neurological conditions, particularly brain injuries. Consequently, there is a
high concentration of specialist care providers for people with acquired brain
injuries, learning disabilities or mental health needs. This means that there
is a range of a care options to suit individual needs, and The Richardson
Partnership for Care forms part of the care pathway. We can also work in
partnership with other support services if crisis care is required, providing
continuity for service users and improving outcomes.
specialism in the neurosciences and related care draws neuro experts to
Northampton, which also means that there is a larger pool of talented and
experienced people in this area. This makes it easier to recruit the right
people to deliver the high-quality support that we provide.
addition, Northampton’s location in the centre of England, and at the heart of
the motorway network, makes it easy to access from most parts of the country.
However, we appreciate that many families may still find it difficult to visit
their loved ones in our homes. We can therefore include supported home visits
as part of the individual’s care plan. This helps them to maintain or rebuild
their relationship with their family, which is important for their well-being.
there are many benefits to being in Northampton, we believe that location is just
one of a range of factors to consider. What is best for the individual is what
counts – the care and therapy provided, the environment, the community and the
opportunities for social inclusion and fulfilment. Placing the service user at
the centre of the decision-making process is crucial.
After months of hard work, we’re very pleased to announce that our new residential care and rehab home, The Coach House, is finally complete. To celebrate, we welcomed back Liam Prior to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony and officially open the home. Liam was the first person to move into The Mews (our adjacent home for adults with acquired brain injuries) back in December 2010. He has since moved out into his own flat in Northampton but still keeps in touch with the team at The Mews, and often comes back for Christmas dinner. It was great to see him on such good form and to be reminded of his sense of humour!
We opened the doors of The Coach House to around 40 brain injury professionals, social workers and representatives from the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups. They were entertained and informed by presentations by senior members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) here at The Richardson Partnership for Care including Dr Seth Mensah, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Pedro Areias Grilo, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, along with Jo Throp, Neurological Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director at Krysalis Consultancy.
After the presentations, Simon the Saxophonist provided background music while everyone had lunch and the opportunity to look around The Coach House and The Mews, and to meet members of our team.
We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to understand more about what makes us different to other residential care and rehab environments. The physical environment that we provide is high quality, comfortable and homely as well as safe and practical. It’s always been important to us that our homes actually feel like home to the people who live here, and a lot of thought has gone into the details. It is a deliberate policy that the homes do not look like institutional settings and that staff don’t wear uniforms. But this doesn’t mean that we don’t have a clinical approach to support and rehabilitation. We have some high calibre neuro specialists in our team, and we are proud of our unique approach that delivers positive outcomes for our service users.
• Nine ground-floor bedrooms, plus two on the first floor
• All have ensuite level-access wetrooms, designed to be both stylish and practical
• Two rooms have kitchenette facilities
• Seven rooms have their own patio area
•Three different light settings are available, depending on the needs of the individual – daylight, warm, cool – all with dimmer switches
• TV, wi-fi and the option of satellite TV
• Kitchen with modern appliances and plenty of storage space
• Modern, spacious dining room
• Light, comfortable lounge area, plus additional seating areas
• Easy access to shared facilities at the Mews
• Latest environmental measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce running costs
In addition, The Coach House has plenty of natural light, high ceilings, spacious bedrooms and living areas, as well as vibrant décor and views of the gardens. These all contribute to enhancing the mood and well-being of service users.
Please call us on 01604 791266 to arrange a visit.
The Coach House will soon become a new residential care home and rehabilitation centre for 11 adults with acquired brain injuries. It is a two-storey building situated in the grounds of The Mews (one of our existing residential care homes) in Northampton, and after extensive renovation work it is now taking shape.
As it’s a listed building, we’ve been working alongside planners and conservation officers to ensure that we retain the integrity and character of the original building, while making it a modern, comfortable place to live. We are extending and renovating it to bring a run-down building back into use, which will provide much-needed accommodation and rehabilitation facilities for people with acquired brain injuries and complex needs.
Maintenance Manager, Dexter Griffin, is managing the project and the team of builders, contractors and specialist trades to ensure that everything runs smoothly and it up to the required specifications and standards.
We are including as many environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient features as possible within the care home. These include rainwater harvesting, and installing the system was a big project. Much of the work happened below ground as we had to dig a hole 5m deep and install a tank capable of holding 42,000 litres of water. The tank then had to be filled and settled before the rest of the hole was filled in. This was one occasion when we were grateful for some torrential rain! The system will collect water from the whole of The Mews’ roof as well as the Coach House, which will be used to flush toilets in both buildings as well as supplying the laundry rooms. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, we will achieve a return on our investment from reduced water and sewerage costs over time.
The roof and external structures are almost complete and we’re looking forward to the scaffolding coming down so we can have a better impression of what the finished care home will look like.
Dexter and the team are now working on the interior framework and services. The care home will have light, spacious bedrooms and communal areas with wide corridors to give a practical, relaxed and comfortable environment. We’ll keep you updated as the building progresses.
Three new bedrooms in the extension, which will have their own individual terraces
Corridors will be wide and light
The stonework on the new part of the building will age to match the original