Aachen Brook is a nursing respite service for people with learning disabilities situated in Luddendenfoot near Halifax
About the Service
Aachen Brook provides respite for up to 6 adults, with learning disability and or physical disability. There are 6 rooms, all with en-suite bathroom. We also have adapted bathroom with a parker bath, and or shower facilities. All rooms have celling tracking, TV’s, sensory equipment and profiling beds. At Aachen Brook our team encourage individuals to bring along anything that would make them feel more at home. We also arrange the furniture in each room based on individual needs.
The building is single storey and is fully accessible.
Aachen Brook has a spacious garden with decking. We also have a court yard adjoining the kitchen which has a water feature and an awning providing shade to help protect individuals from the sun rays.
We also have a large dining kitchen area with adjustable tables, and work units that can be adapted for those who wish to help with daily living tasks.
We offer a wide range of activities including cooking, arts and crafts, sensory sessions, themed events to name but a few. We also have access to a computer and telephones should individuals wish to use it. We also offer well equipped snoezelen room, and highly technical hydro therapy pool which individuals can access. The staff will also support individuals to enjoy social activities out in the community and will have use of a mini bus to enable guests to do this.
The team at Aachen Brook enable the people they support to be active in the community if they choose to while saying at Aachen Brook. The people we support can choose to stay at the service and use our facilities, or continue to access day services as they prefer.
Aims and Objectivities of Service
Aachen Brook provides nursing care, for all whom use the service, and we enable everyone using the service to be as independent as possible providing highly trained knowledgeable skilled staff.
We offer our support 24 hours day, 7 day a week, 365 days a year with nurse support at all times. We endeavour to offer a warm welcoming atmosphere.
Aachen Brook promotes:
- Independence, choice and inclusion for all.
- Person centred support.
- Assessments of individuals needs are continually evaluated to ensure the effectiveness of agreed approaches whist using the service.
- Working closely with Calderdale Council, CCG and Contracts Departments, to ensure a quality and effective service for those who live and have respite.
- Dignity by having Dementia, Infection Control, Dignity, Champions.
We have various options to gain feedback from all who live and access or have connections with Aachen Brook.
Once an individual has accessed the service the team provide a summary of the individual stays which includes what they have done during their stay.
We provide a newsletter with various information included and circulated 3 times through out the year.
We endeavour to offer various themed fund raising events throughout the year, which all are encouraged to contribute and participate in. All money raised goes back into Aachen Brook so each person that lives or access the service benefits from items purchased.
We offer coffee mornings and parent and carer meetings regularly throughout the year. The meetings will be located at the service to enable people to have communication with each other and the manager of the service.
Who do we support?
Anyone with an assessed nursing need who lives within Calderdale, and has a learning and or physical disability and or complex health need.
How can I access this support?
Via a referral from colleagues at Calderdale Council, or CCG.
Name: David Blondin
Job Title: Manager
Contact Number: 01422 886844 or 07966439137
Compliment to Aachen Brook
As a recent service users parent I can honestly say the care compassion and understanding given by David and his team is outstanding . It shows with the amount of visits, look rounds, questions and slow introduction we were offered that David really does care about the whole family and wants to make sure our son is treated ,spoken too and understood in the same manner as home making, it a seamless unemotional transition as possible . Nothing has been too much trouble, lots of information has been asked for and regular phone calls and emails ensuring our son is kept in touch with the house in between respite stays helps him greatly ( And me) .
I was very honest with David saying he will be getting my most treasured and precious thing I have and will have to make sure I am as happy as my son, he made this happen by having hour drop ins, tea stays, short stays then overnights I was assured only when my son and I were ready , David made this happen with patience friendliness and fun. He has been a fantastic source of support with our family and on an occasion when I needed advice. He enabled me to go on a weekend away for the first time in 21 years this only happened because I was confident in the care my child was getting and how happy he had been staying over previously.
Communication between David and his staff is fantastic everyone is informed and us as parents too. I have been extremely impressed when I have just dropped in ,David really does get stuck in with staff and clients, I have seen him cook, clean and help with clients he really is an all rounder, and it shows with the staff what a fantastic relationship they all have with him. The atmosphere when we walk in Aachen Brooke is one of laughter, fun and inclusion no matter who you are and with this and the care we have received as a family is why I am confident and happy to leave my son in David’s care and have recommended him to other services users. It is with great pleasure I give this statement .
Tracy Rawson (Parent)