Celebrations for adults with LD following major care home refurbishment

Adults with learning disabilities are celebrating major improvements to two residential care homes following major thanks to Somerset County Council.

On Tuesday 4 October clients and staff at Selwyn and Russet in Yeovil will mark the refurbishment of the premises with a ribbon-cutting and celebration event. The work started around six months ago represents a commitment by the County Council in improving the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable people it supports.

Selwyn and Russet’s accommodation has been completely remodelled and refurbished to reflect the high-quality care and tailored support workers provide for adults with learning disabilities. Both residences have been converted from large single homes to smaller, separate residences at each site. This is already proving a positive change for residents, who are now supported by smaller staff teams and sharing facilities with more compatible residents than before.

Communal areas in both homes have been opened out to help support people with mobility problems. The bathrooms are bigger and more accessible, equipped with specially designed baths to meet people’s specific needs. Customers have also been involved with choosing new soft furnishings and colour schemes at Russet, and in arts and crafts sessions and creating a sensory garden at Selwyn.

Councillor William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Services for People with Learning Disabilities, said: “This is very exciting news for those Somerset residents who use Selwyn and Russet and I am really looking forward to celebrating their refurbished premises with them.

“We are proud of the work our care staff do to support adults with learning disabilities at Selwyn and Russet – a service they have offered for many years. The buildings have needed a great deal of work to reflect the high quality, personalised service we strive to provide and thanks to this investment they are homes to be proud of.”

The grand opening will be at Selwyn and Russet, 52 Southway Drive, Yeovil, BA21 3ED on Tuesday 4 October between 3pm and 6pm. The ribbon will be cut at 3.30pm.

Notes to editors

**MEDIA INVITE**: Members of the media who wish to attend the grand opening of the newly-refurbished Selwyn and Russet residential care homes should email dblacklock@somerset.gov.uk by the morning of Tuesday 4 October.