Harefield Lodge is a specially designed, accessible home in Portswood, Southampton which supports people with both physical and learning disabilities.
Everyone living at Harefield Lodge can access the comprehensive structured activity programme which offers a broad range of activities in a personalised manner, including horse-riding, college, walking in the city parks, cinema, pub nights, gym, zoo visits, leisure parks, trampolining and music sessions.
Harefield Lodge has a three bedroom shared house at the front and four self-contained flats to the rear which offer individual accommodation for people who find shared living difficult or who are looking for a stepping stone towards more independent living.
The accessible environment also offers good facilities for people with a physical disability or visual impairment. The shared part of this home has a large, spacious and bright open-plan layout with a kitchen diner, lounge and entrance hall with a lift to the first floor.
The bedrooms are large, well lit and each bedroom has a personal ensuite wet room The flats vary in size, from one studio flat, to one with a lounge with kitchenette and separate bedroom – Again, each with wet room showers.
The outside of the home also offers a covered walkway providing access to the garden.
The staff at Harefield Lodge are committed to improving their own practice and each contribute to an open, positive culture within the home, which makes for a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
All team members receive specialised training to support individuals with a variety of needs including epilepsy, autism, personality disorder, physical disability, complex needs and communication difficulties, including Makaton and finger spelling.
The home manager has a level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care and a number of qualifications in inspirational leadership.
The home manager focusses on developing a skilled, self-motivated, and engaged team of staff so that the standards of care and record keeping are of the highest quality.