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DHSS announces developments in Social Services for Older People with a Learning Disability 3 October 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce the opening of its newly refurbished facility for older people with a learning disability, in the South of the Island at Cushag House. The opening of the community home is the result of several years of planning and has culminated in the provision of a new residential home for adults with a learning disability.

Andrew Swithinbank, Director of Social Services said,

“In accordance with the implementation of the Strategy for Adults with a Learning Disability, it is important to consider the individual needs of adults with a learning disability. Some people have increasing mobility problems and others may have extra needs associated with the ageing process, for whom inappropriate services have often been the only option until now. The opening of this facility will continue to support our strategic vision of greater independence, choice and inclusion. I wish the people who will move in to Cushag House a warm welcome to their new home and I hope they will be very happy there.”

Dudley Butt MLC, Member for Social Services said,

“We have listened to the views of users, parents and carers and they have asked for improvements in the way we deliver services. We have made great strides in the provision of services on the Isle of Man since the closure of hospital based services less than 10 years ago and this initiative will move us on still further. Statistically, people with a learning disability are living considerably longer than they used to and the Department has to respond to this particular need. We are confident that Cushag House will prove to be an excellent facility that continues to provide high quality services.”

Initially, four people will be moving into Cushag House from a nearby community home in Port Erin, which is no longer considered ‘fit for purpose’. The closure of this Community Home will enable all of the associated resources to be transferred and reinvested to enable the growth and increase in range of new and innovative services such as Cushag House, without having a detrimental effect on the current provision of Residential Care. Cushag House has the facilities to accommodate up to seven people.

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