Belong village, Warrington
What is a Belong village?
There are several Belong model villages in the North West of England. Belong Warrington close to the village of Stockton Heath is registered to provide residential care, nursing and dementia care to six ‘households’ of 12 people. There are also a set of independent living apartments which offer domiciliary registered care. All villages are registered with Care Quality Commission. They have a charging model that is based on ‘real’ cost of care and the majority of residents are self funding.
Household model and environmental design
Spouses can continue to engage in skills of daily living such as cooking and cleaning due to the open plan design and fully accessible kitchen, which has teh added benefit of minimal staff on hand to monitor residents. All households can access outdoor space. There is an award wining sensory and dementia garden design. Smart technology is in place to support swift response. The environmental design of the home is reported as having a positive impact on everyone's wellbeing.
All residents have an individual Life Plan. Staff are familiar with life plans of all the people they support, which help them attend to people’s aspirations regardless of their stage of dementia and offer consistency in support
Access to civic life
Every Belong village has a licensed bistro shared by residents and members of the public who frequently pop in for breakfast on their way to work.
Belong Warrington organise trips to the local village, theatres, museums and gardens also attended by community members such as Brownies, Guides and Scouts. Warrington Bridge Club, local Parkinson’s Group and Warrington Speakers Club also play a regular part in the lives of the residents. The villages offer room hire, function room and therapy room hire which helps create a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere.
The home has an established history of providing placements for students at local High Schools and College and more recently developed a new partnership with the University of Salford to provide placements for students taking a BA and MA in Social Work