New role for Little Heath

A HOME in Cadbury Heath that opened three years ago has supported 700 people to return home after a hospital stay.

Now, the 24-bed Little Heath has changed its focus from reablement to providing nursing and care for people who do not have a dementia.

Brunelcare,which runs the home, is also launching a new service in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council that offers four ‘step-up’ beds. These will be for people from the community to access short term support for up to eight weeks, before returning to live independently in their own home.

Brunelcare says this is in recognition of the fact that there are a number of people who want some level of nursing support, but for whom a dementia-specialist home isn’t the right setting.

Oona Goldsworthy, chief executive, said: “We know we have something really special in our team and facilities at Little Heath, and that’s why we’ve chosen to repurpose the service.

“This will be a new type of service for Brunelcare, and we believe it’s an exciting opportunity to offer support to even more members of our community.”

Lewis Farrell, Little Heath manager, said: “I would like to thank my team and the staff who have made such a huge difference to the lives of people we have supported at Little Heath.:”

“I am excited to begin a new chapter at Little Heath and welcome guests who can now make this their permanent home.”

There is a dedicated GP service based at Little Heath with consultation rooms at the centre. Little Heath Reablement is rated ‘Good’ in all domains by the Care Quality Commission.