North East Lincolnshire Council

Short break and residential support services

Short break services

Our Community and Home Care services are run by appropriately qualified staff committed to providing a quality service to all our children and families child care workers are experienced and trained in all aspects of care requirements and assist with any requests. We currently have 7 Care Workers and 2 Care Officers working with children and families, one senior family support officer, one family support officer and a registered manager.

Cromwell House offers respite care for children who have a disability. They also have limited specialist residential care for looked after children with disabilities in the shape of 3 bungalows. The respite home is split into two units; Rainbow and Starlight; and each unit accommodates up to four children.

Residential care is offered to families of children with disabilities who are assessed to have a desperate need due to the severity of the disability and the families position to cope with the situation. Respite care is planned on a regular basis throughout the year and is assessed by the Children’s Disability Panel based on assessment of need. Respite gives an opportunity for children to spend time with their friends, relax and have fun in surroundings that are familiar and safe and to have some independence from their family.

Our ethos is to work in partnership with the child’s family wherever possible in ensuring long term outcomes for each child are achieved.  To enable this link workers contact families at regular intervals and attend health, education and care plan reviews.

We have regular consultation with parents i.e. coffee mornings, Feedback forms. Telephone calls before the child’s stay.  Summer fayre and get together. Monthly updates in the signs of safety format, meetings with seniors and Link workers and home visits.

This unit is for children who exhibit more challenging behaviours or are easily frustrated and need to have their negative feelings channelled.

Rainbow unit has a large lounge area that is accessed by the main reception area, It  has a large screen television, DVD player and leather sofaswith plenty of cushions. There is an activities room where the children can paint, do crafts, access the internet (which is Nanny protected so the children cannot access inappropriate websites). There are also games machines with a wide variety of games to choose from. Bedrooms are made individual with the choice of bedding and accessories, which can be changed to meet each child’s likes. Each bedroom also has its own television with integrated DVD player. The bedrooms also have monitors in case the child has a seizure or is feeling unwell during the night. Children are allowed to use their rooms if they need their own space during the day. The bathroom has a rise and fall spa bath that bubbles up with jets of water, and a separate wet room for children who prefer showers.

There is a separate kitchen where the children can help prepare meals and are encouraged to wash up afterwards to promote independence. There is a separate dining room for meals and this also has a lounge area for children who need their own space during the day. There is patio door to a  outdoor play equipment with climbing bars and slide with a large grassed area for ball games, tent pitching in the summer months and
paddling pools.

The care staff are split into two teams which are led by Senior Child Care Officer’s, and Child Care Officers who stay awake during the night in case the children are not feeling well. The staff are trained to a high degree and training is kept up to date. The children have their own care plans that are individual to each children and a link worker allocated to work with the child and their family. The children can be taken out in a people carrier
and all drivers have to take a test even if they have a driving licence. Rainbow Unit   All Staff have followed an in depth internal Induction Process to Rainbow as well the North East Lincolnshire Council Induction Standards.

This is a specialist unit for children with complex care and end of life plans. All Staff have followed an in depth internal Induction Process to Starlight as well the North East Lincolnshire Council Induction Standards. Staff receive the following essential training: It has facilities for moving and handling children in wheelchairs, with overhead tracking for a hoist in the bedrooms and overhead tracking in the bathroom.

The bathroom has a wet room with a separate shower. This offers the children more choice in their personal care. The bathroom also contains a rise and fall bath and more space for carers to perform moving and handling tasks and ensures the children’s safety and dignity.

Bedrooms are made individual with the choice of bedding and accessories, which can be changed to meet each child’s likes. We also have special pillows that pipe music to children who like to listen to music while falling asleep. The beds are profile beds which can be made higher or lower depending on the child’s needs, with cot sides that can be put in place if required. Each bedroom also has its own television with integrated DVD player. The bedrooms also include monitors in case the child has seizures during the night. Starlight also has a large dining room and lounge area as you enter the unit from the reception and the children have plenty of space to move around.

There is a large selection of sensory toys, books and games that the children can access. The lounge leads out to a large garden which contains play equipment and an undercover patio as well as a large grassed area with climbing frame and swings. The children have access to an activities room where they can paint and do craft work or play on electronic games machines such as the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation. The children also have internet access on the computer; though it is Nanny Protected to ensure the children cannot access inappropriate sites. Starlight also has a large sensory room with overhead tracking allowing for hoisting children onto equipment such as the water bed, the ball pool or the soft play. It has bubble tubes, fibre optic lights and a music system which is computer operated so that each programme can be functioned separately.

The care staff are split into two teams which are led by Senior Child Care Officer’s, and Child Care Officers who stay awake during the night in case the children are not feeling well. The staff are trained to a high degree and training is kept up to date. The children have their own care plans that are individual to each child and a link worker allocated to work with the child and their family. The children have access to a people carrier that has a ramp for wheel chairs.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s ‘Short Break Service’ provides a domiciliary care service to children diagnosed with a disability or complex health problems, aged from 0 to 18 years, and their families. The service provides support to parents/carers with their caring role by providing a variety of services to meet individual needs. These individual needs include a sitter service and support to individuals within their own homes with domiciliary care/personal care. We support with the promotion of independence, life skills, and supporting young people into adult life. The service is a registered domiciliary provider under the CQC, and was rated as “Good” during its last inspection in 2016.

The service is tailored to meet the individual requirements of children and families, to enable them to maintain maximum quality of life, via an agreed support plan, which is reviewed on a regular basis. In addition to our Home Care Service we support individuals or groups of Children and young people with access to leisure activities and hobbies whilst encouraging independence and the teaching of life skills.

The Short Break Service has a chalet situated on the Humberston Fitties in Cleethorpes. Any person within the UK with a disability can request and book a stay in the chalet between March-December every year. The chalet has 3 bedrooms and is fully adapted for people with a physical disability, with level access, a wet room and a hoist. Passes for the adjacent Thorpe park site are also included. We charge a fee per stay which makes a contribution towards the running cost of the chalet. Families are requested to pay this at least 4 weeks prior to their stay, along with a £50 security deposit, addressed or delivere to 495 Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN37 9BN, North East Lincolnshire.

The Short Break Service has a caravan on a site locally on Thorpe Park, Cleethorpes.

Any child and their family who are receiving a service from the Children’s Disability Service can request a stay in the caravan for a short break with their family. The caravan is a luxury caravan with three bedrooms.

The family also receive passes that they can use on the site to access the services available.

We charge a fee per stay which makes a contribution towards the running cost of the caravan. Families are requested to pay this at least 4 weeks prior to their stay, along with a £10 security deposit, addressed or delivered to 495 Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN37 9BN, North East Lincolnshire.

Residential provision

Cambridge Bungalow is a children’s home based on Cambridge Road, Grimsby which is fairly central to the Grimsby area with excellent transport links. The home provides full time residential care for Children aged 5-18 who have additional needs such as learning difficulties and may also have physical disabilities. Prior to any child being admitted to the home, the mix of each young person is assessed to ensure it is appropriate to everyone living within the home.

Cambridge Bungalow Children’s Home is a large detached property with full wheel chair access and tracking systems in the main family bathroom and one bedroom. The Home has three generous sized bedrooms for children, a large living space with TV and sofas and good sized dining room with family sized dining table and computer desk and internet access, we also have a wet rooms with shower and bathroom. A Sensory room in our summer house also proves more space away for the children and young people which is set in our large beautiful garden. There is a staff office which is dual purpose sleeping room.

Cambridge Bungalow is fully equipped to support any child who may have moving and handling needs and staff are well trained in all aspects appropriate to meeting the children’s individual needs such as Team Teach, Medication, Sensory support, First Aid and Fire warden.

The Home believes that a young person’s identity and heritage are an integral part of their character and should be supported and developed. The children have the right to grow up with the sense of their own identity and we believe that promoting and creating an atmosphere of tolerance will achieve this

Our priority is for a child’s education not to be disrupted by their admission to our home.  This means that the child will remain in the education provision they are attending at the time of admission.  The Home will work closely with the school/ education provision and Looked after Children in Education (LACE) team to ensure that any child is supported to an appropriate extent.  Supporting our young people to be independent for adulthood is key to the care we provide.

Cromwell Bungalow is a 3 bedroom specialist unit for looked after children within the Autistic Spectrum. The children’s rooms are made individual with decoration and bedding to their tastes. They also have a toy cupboard in their room to keep their things safe. The children are encouraged to keep their rooms tidy and take their washing to the laundry. The room can be used during the day if the children need their own space.

The children have access to a large  comfortable lounge where they can mix with visiting family members. This also has a large television, DVD player and access to a library of DVD’s or CD’s. A smaller lounge is across for this lounge if the children need their own space. This is also comfortably furnished with a television on a bracket on the wall. They have a small lounge were they can relax or use computer work/internet access and listening to music. There is also a large keyboard so the children can experiment with sounds of their ownThe dining room is light and spacious with patio doors giving access to a paved patio area. The dining room is also used for activities such as art work, jigsaw puzzles,.

From the dining room there is garden access and situated in the patio area is a large summer house with seating and storage for toys and outdoor equipment. This is fenced off from the grassed area of the garden. There are balancing beams and a swing and further seating with a picnic table. The whole of the garden is securely fenced and on one of the fences there is a mural of an underwater scene with a large submarine.

The children in the Cromwell Bungalow have access to the sensory room in Starlight Unit. It has bubble tubes, fibre optic lights and a music system which is computer operated so that each programme can be functioned separately, a ball pool and soft play equipment. The care staff are split into two teams which are led by Senior Child Care Officer’s and Child Care Officers who stay awake during the night in case the children are not feeling well. The staff are trained to a high degree and training is kept up to date. The children have their own care plans and programmes that are individual to each child and a link worker allocated to work with the child and their family.

Short Break Service, 495 Cromwell Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 9BN

Email: shortbreakservice@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326381

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays