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Council to consult on new facilities for people with learning disabilities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to hold a consultation event on the creation of two modern purpose-built accommodation schemes for people with learning disabilities.

The consultation will take place in Sobell Leisure Centre, 9am-4pm, September 20. The consultation offers people with a learning disability  a chance to find out more about the proposed schemes, as well as an opportunity to see artists impressions, and ask staff any questions you have surrounding them. There is also the opportunity to look at the options for daytime activities and how they are developed.

Penllew Court, Aberdare, and Crown Avenue, Treorchy, will provide an alternative to more traditional forms of residential care and supported living schemes for people with learning disabilities, with each individual receiving tailored and flexible support based on their needs and which focuses on positive outcomes.

The schemes will include access to support staff 24 hours-a-day, along with bespoke smart technology to enable individuals to reach their full potential allowing them to live as independently as possible.

What sets these new, modern schemes apart from traditional settings are that residents will have their own self-contained flats with their own front door key, and 24 hour care services located on site, as well as housing security. All homes are accessible with a bedroom, living room, kitchen/diner and walk in shower.

The focus of these new schemes is to allow people to maintain their independence while receiving support, which will help to improve quality of life not just quality of care. The schemes will provide housing for people with differing levels of need, and will provide a range of organised activities that people can join in with if they wish.

Penllew Court is situated in the Cynon area, next to Aberdare Park. It will consist of 17 self-contained flats one of which is a two bedroom, in addition there will one home offering emergency accommodation/assessment for future accommodation, and one home available for respite services. There will be an enclosed garden, access to a range of activities which will be arranged from the communal area. The accommodation also benefits from being on a direct bus route.

Penllew Court will also offer a daytime services hub, offering alternative daytime activities for people with a learning disability, focusing upon well-being activities which could include Yoga sessions, cookery sessions, and independent living skills. Individuals who access the daytime services will be instrumental in designing the activities.

Crown Avenue will be situated in Treorchy, with 11 self-contained homes, one of which is two bedroom and one home offering respite services. There will also be a communal area which will be the centre for socialising and activities.

Posted on Thursday 19th September 2019