Supported accommodation for mental health patients deemed success
- 04 Jun
A centre in Leicestershire aimed at supporting with people with their mental health has helped almost 50 people since its opening, three months ago.
Box Tree Farm, a six-bedded house in Ratby, is for people who need care but are not ill enough to be admitted to hospital, reports the Leicester Mercury.
Funding for the centre comes from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and is a joint venture with the Richmond Fellowship.
Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri, clinical director for adult mental health and learning disability at the trust, said: "Before Box Tree Farm, there was a risk that a person experiencing a mental health crisis would have to be admitted to hospital because there wasn't a suitable alternative. Box Tree Farm now provides an alternative. The early numbers are really encouraging. The right people are getting a place in the house and are benefiting from the support they get while they are there. This house prevents unnecessary hospital admissions, which will help ensure there is availability in a hospital for someone who really needs the care that is offered there, so less people should be placed in hospitals outside of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."
A total of 94% of residents reported they were able to maintain their independence and 84% said they were treated with respect.
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