"Horizon Day Centre"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust / Learning disability

Posted by flower66 (as a carer),

My son is cared for at the Horizon Day Centre. He is blind and has learning difficulties and because of this he likes to spend most of the time alone or one to one with a member of staff.

The resource centre has been fantastic with him. They help him to do day to day activities like eat meals, go to the toilet and listen to music.

He's now in his 30s and has been going to the day centre since he was 16 years old. He's very settled there, and he feels secure.

I spent a lot of time with Jane Danforth who has helped me so much. She's been brilliant. She's helped me get involved with the trust and I've now become a member of the trust which means I keep up to date with what"s happening. I find that really useful, and I'm proud to be involved with the trust and the decisions that are made.

I've heard rumblings that the day centre may have to change what it does or may no longer exist. That would be a real shame. The staff have been brilliant with my son and if things had to change now it would upset his routine and might distress him. I hope this doesn't happen.

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Responses

Response from Involvement Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust on 23/09/2011 at 20:23

Thank you for sharing your story about Horizon Day Centre. The staff will be really pleased to hear your positive feedback.

It is encouraging to hear that being a member of the Trust is making a difference.

I will speak to to the service manager to pass on your concerns about the future of the day centre and reply in more detail as soon as possible.

Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate it.

Response from Involvement Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust on 26/10/2011 at 09:34

We are pleased to hear that your son is benefitting from his care and treatment at the Horizon Day Centre. There are no plans to cease providing day services from Horizon but we are looking at how we can do things differently to improve on what we currently do. The clinical team want to offer a greater focus on assessment and treatment and this may mean that for some people they will have different or shorter periods of care from the team. I am unable to comment on any one individuals needs but would encourage any carer that has concerns to raise these with the manager of the service so that they can be appropriately responded to.

With kind regards

Debbie Abrams OBE

General Manager

Specialist Services Directorate

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Response from Involvement Team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust on 06/12/2011 at 13:24

Update:

I have passed on Debbie's response to the carer when she visited Horizon Day Centre. She feels reassured by Debbie’s Comments

Deborah Yates

Acting Service Manager

Specialist Services Learning Disability