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Brand new service for older adults with high support needs opens in Romsey27 May 2022The Living


The Living Well Centre at Nightingale Lodge in Romsey, a dedicated wellbeing centre for those with dementia and other high support needs was officially opened by the Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Rob Humby.

The Centre, the first of its kind directly run by the Local Authority, offers carers the opportunity to book from a single hour to up to a week of support for their loved ones in a safe and caring environment.

Cllr Humby said: “Flexibility is key to this brand new chargeable service, giving those looking after others the opportunity to take some time out for themselves, either as a one off or on a regular basis, knowing their loved ones are being supported in a trusted, compassionate environment.”

Adjacent to Nightingale Lodge Extra Care accommodation for the over 55’s, the Living Well Centre is working closely with local community organisations to develop a wide range of activities for those who use the service. Already on offer, activities include gardening, community walking, choir, computer club, current affairs discussion group, art and photography, plus many more.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said. “The Living Well Centre is a great example of the County Council’s commitment to enabling people to live independently at home for as long as possible, by providing services that help maintain, sustain and improve people’s independence and are directly accessible by local residents. Feedback from staff, carers and those being supported, will help us to determine whether we introduce more wellbeing centres across the county - we very much hope that this will be the case.”

To find out more about the Living Well Centre and to arrange a trial visit, go to www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/care-homes/nightingalelivingwell

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