Sunnyside Respite Service is made up of two buildings, a residential service where we support 11 people and a four-bed respite service. All of the people we support have an identified nursing need and we can support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, dual diagnosis and complex health needs.
We tailor the support we provide to each individual’s needs and seek positive experiences for everyone we support. We aim to provide a stimulating and positive environment where everyone can maintain their skills and develop new ones. Staff are always encouraging individuals to try new experiences.
We recognise the importance of using different communication methods and that behaviour which seems challenging is often a result of communication frustrations. Everyone takes an active part in menu planning and monthly service meetings where decisions are made about activities, day trips and large purchases for the service.
In terms of our respite support, we pride ourselves on being family orientated, working closely with relatives to make sure we mirror routines and rituals from home, therefore ensuring a smooth transition to our home.
The service is in a residential area on the outskirts of Rotherham with good access to local shops, hairdressers, cafes, outdoor spaces and the community centre. Rotherham and other nearby towns are easily reached by public transport or one of our vehicles. We are continuing to build relationships in the local area, making use of shops and facilities and attending community events.
Our respite accommodation provides ground floor accommodation and all areas are easily accessible to wheelchair users, with specialist equipment available. Each bedroom is spacious, allowing guests to bring any extra equipment they may need for their stay, and has en-suite facilities.
Our residential accommodation is also wheelchair accessible and has eight bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities and specialist equipment, as needed. There are also three independent living flats which can be customised to meet individuals’ needs. These give people the opportunity build their daily living skills and independence.
There is a large activity room and an adapted kitchen where everyone can take part in daily living activities. The property has a large garden with patio areas, seating and a sensory garden. The sensory garden provides a unique space full of colour, noise and smells which everyone at the service can enjoy. People can also grow their own flowers, vegetables and fruits and are actively involved in maintaining the garden.