Thanks to the Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund from The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), Housing Justice and Homeless Link, we have been able to refurbish and reopen one of our existing properties in mid Cornwall, Little Cosgarne.
The property has been thoughtfully redesigned and refurbished by Harbour’s building services engineer and in-house building team, with key adaptations and features embedded throughout. Accessibility and inclusion have been at the heart of this project from the very beginning, and it suitable for wheelchair users, those with limited mobility and people with sight and hearing impairments.
This project is designed for people who are medically fit to leave hospital, but who cannot safely be discharged because they are facing homelessness. Therefore, the project aims to prevent bed-blocking and additional pressures on the NHS by offering safe accommodation for those with additional needs who are ready to leave hospital.
This is a 12-week project and during that time staff support clients to engage with specialist services, address their support needs and find suitable accommodation for their move-on. Intensive on-site support is offered to those on the project, and staff work closely with key partners and agencies to ensure that the right care and treatment is delivered to residents on the project. StayAtHome is commissioned to provide care to people on the hospital discharge project, and provide a fantastic service for those who need it.
One room at Little Cosgarne is dedicated as an end of life care project for those that do not have a permanent home, inspired by our project improving access to palliative care last year in conjunction with Cornwall Hospice Care and St Austell Healthcare, funded by the Masonic Foundation.
All bedrooms at Little Cosgarne have spacious ensuite bathrooms, meaning each person has access to their own facilities. Each ensuite has grab rails installed throughout, and showers have been fitted with foldable seats to make bathing easier.
Each room is fitted with easily accessible call points, so the occupant can alert staff quickly in case of an emergency.
A chairlift links the ground and first floors of the property, enabling access to both floors for those with limited mobility or injury.
The vibrant wallpaper and decor of the house is warm and inviting, and provides a safe place for those who need it.