The New RISE Reablement Centre
Now that we have purchased the Platt Christian Centre as Stage 3 in our programme of renovation and reablement, we will be starting fundraising again to build our Reablement Centre. We still consider it to be very important to support older people on discharge from hospital, but Covid-19 has taught us to be very flexible and we hope to use the whole Centre to enable older people to reable after a stay in hospital and if they need residential care for a short time, we will be able to provide it. We are looking currently at our options and will keep the website updated with any news. We have appreciated so much all the support from the local community throughout the Covid-19 crisis, it has been amazing and it is our intention to continue to serve the community across Wandsworth in reaching the isolated elderly through a programme of care and support that meets the needs of older people. Our service may have to change as we are living in very challenging times but the team is committed to making a difference to individual lives.
If you have a fundraising idea, please do let us know and we will keep you informed of our plans for the coming year.
"We believe that Reablement includes social interaction, eating together, physical exercise and giving people the will to live again - through a programme of tailored individual support"
June is just one of the ladies who would have benefited from a stay when she came out of hospital. Instead, she went straight to a care home, never returning to her home that she loved.
Rose was our inspiration behind the Reablement Centre. At the age of 90 she was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital and desperately wanted to return home. She lay in hospital staring at the blank walls watching the clock for visitors. She stopped eating as she didn't want to live anymore. Unfortunately she lived on the third floor of a block of flats without a lift and she couldn't manage the stairs. Regenerate-RISE supported her and persuaded her to eat again, she never went home and later on died in Trinity Hospice. We believe that if Rose had been able to come to the Reablement Centre, we could have helped her to choose where she lived and what she took with her, whilst at the same time, being amongst friends.
So having achieved Stage 3 with the purchase of the Platt Mission, we are now beginning to plan Stage 4 and will be working hard to secure planning permission by the end of 2023.
The new service will support St Georges Tooting, Kington Hospital, Charing Cross, Chelsea & Westminster and Queen Mary's Roehampton. Whilst we understand that reablement in the community is crucial, we also believe that there is a need for residential support whilst packages of care and alterations to homes are taking place. We are committed to providing an "all round" service and support to older people across the borough of Wandsworth. Our RISE+ project is giving us a great insight to the challenges that older people face on returning home and also the challenges that staff face with the take up of beds.
RISE+ is a step towards our Reablement Centre in that it is giving us a very good picture of the lives of Wandsworth and Merton residents and the pressures that the NHS are under. We are also often seeing the breakdown of relationships and we can stand in the gap to be that support when patients return home.