Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a residential care home in Chippenham. Run by the national learning disabilities charity United Response. It was fantastic to see what good social care means to people with learning disabilities. In this setting they provide a long-term home for up to four residents.
It is currently home to Lynette, Tracy and Jason; all of whom have lived there for more than 20 years. All three of them lead busy, active lives supported by a six-strong team of staff members. They rely on social care to live as independently as possible within their community. The essential support provided by United Response enables them to live their lives to the fullest.
It was wonderful to see the work being done by United Response to support some of the most vulnerable people in society to live successfully in their local community. It is clearly a huge success. However without the right care from providers, like United Response, some 28,000 vulnerable people are at risk every day of being admitted to a long stay hospital, often far away from the community. I believe that every vulnerable adult should have the opportunity of a secure and happy home like Lynette, Tracy and Jason.