Walsworth Road is a home for six people with a learning disability and associated needs. The aim of the home is to provide a warm, welcoming and safe environment while promoting independence, encouraging each resident to lead as ordinary a life as possible and supporting them to develop new skills and experience new opportunities.
We empower and support residents to make choices in their everyday lives. Everyone is supported and encouraged by experienced members of staff to build everyday life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and personal shopping.
Residents are also encouraged to participate in the recruitment and selection process of potential staff members and monthly meetings are held to discuss any concerns, issues or ideas for the home.
The people we support and their families and friends have input into th residents person-centred care plans and are highly involved to achieve the best possible outcomes. Families are very involved and many have weekly visits. The residents living in the home have access to services from local professionals including GPs, Community Nurses, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, other medical professionals.
The home is situated in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and is a five minute walk from the town centre, where numerous shops and amenities are available. Walsworth Road is easily accessed by public transport; the town centre bus stop is only 300 metres away from the home and the nearest train station is half a mile away and gives easy access to London through Stevenage, Peterborough and other towns in the north.
The residents who live at Walsworth Road are supported to choose and access a wide range of group and individual activities. These may include swimming at the local swimming pool or at the Keech Hospice Hydrotherapy pool, bowling, visiting parks, meals and refreshments out, going to discos, cinema, personal shopping and others.
Other activities, tailored to specific health and educational needs and interests, are identified through assessment and detailed on the individual’s care plan. Examples include going to a day centre, an out and about ‘Men’s Group’ through a local resource centre, horse riding, undertaking a course at one of the local North Herts College campuses or working on garden centre projects such as Earthworks.
The peopler we support have their own bedroom with en-suite facilities. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and four on the first floor. The home also has a large dining room, lounge, kitchen, activity room, conservatory and a laundry area. All rooms are tastefully decorated and residents are encouraged to personalise their own bedrooms.
There is a large garden to the rear of the property, featuring a vegetable patch, a patio area with a barbecue and garden furniture as well as an open grass area. There is a large car park to the front of the building with ample parking for families, friends, staff and service vehicles.