Families Benefit From New Respite CentreHindson House, a new six bed purpose built respite facility for adults with learning and physical disabilities, has been officially opened by its name sake.

Hampshire County Council Honorary Alderman, and former county councillor, Mrs Felicity Hindson cut the ribbon to the £2.4 million state of the art building in Basingstoke on 9 September.

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “Being able to access the right respite support is extremely important for people living with disabilities and those who care for them. Demand for respite care across Hampshire is changing, particularly among younger adults. People want choice along with the most modern facilities, coupled with a comfortable and relaxed environment. I am particularly proud of the design of Hindson House which was developed by engaging with those who use respite services, their carers, staff, health professionals – and the County Council’s own in-house Property Services team who are experts in design and construction.”

Hindson House was developed in response to the Learning Disabilities Transformation Consultation in 2011, during which time Mrs Hindson was Executive Member for Adult Social Care. The consultation identified the need for more specialist accommodation including ground floor rooms and specific care equipment for people with complex physical needs which the previous respite facility, Dalewood, was not able to provide. It is the first purpose built adult respite building constructed by the County Council.

Steve Clow, Assistant Director of Hampshire County Council’s Property Services, said: “We wanted to achieve something that was both functional and domestic. It needed to be as homely as possible. We spent a great deal of time liaising with staff and users so that we could design the spaces to make sure that they matched up to the aspiration and weren’t institutional. We’ve had some good feedback from those using the new facility, which is very encouraging.”

At the opening ceremony, Mrs Hindson spoke of the important role respite services play in supporting both those living with disabilities, and those who care for them. She commented: “A break can make a world of difference. Hindson House offers the opportunity for a ‘state of the art’ break to help those who are very often living with challenging and complex conditions. I am deeply honoured not only to have this much needed facility named after me, but to be invited to formally open it.”

This new facility provides six specially designed accessible ensuite ground floor rooms, with a sensory room and state of the art bathing facilities. A beautifully designed garden includes areas for relaxation, as well as its very own outdoor pizza oven, used for the first time and with great success at yesterday’s opening event. Due to the popularity of the building already, work is being planned to expand Hindson House to provide a further two accessible ground floor rooms.

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