£4.9m for New Respite Care Centre

The proposed new Adult Learning Disability Respite Unit in Douglas has budget of £4.9m.

Manx Care confirmed the cost of the new building after it announced a planning application had been submitted to replace the existing respite unit on Glencrutchery Road.

While Manx Care says it has submitted its application, it has not yet been uploaded on the gov’s planning website.

The proposal would see the new facility constructed on land at the rear of the existing respite unit, formerly Greenfield Garden Centre. Once the new, modern unit is complete, staff and service users will be transitioned from the old into the new. This will then allow the existing facility to be demolished.

Radcliffe Villas, which opened in 1983, is the only facility on the Island that provides overnight respite care for adults with a learning disability.

The building has expanded via numerous extensions during its operation over the past 40 years, and once construction is complete on the new build, it will offer capacity for up to 12 service users.  The existing site will remain in use during construction, if approval is granted.

Sally Shaw, Manx Care’s Executive Director of Social Care, said: ‘The redevelopment of Radcliffe Villas has been a long term project that will now culminate in a purpose-built respite facility for adults with a learning disability. Manx Care aims to deliver high quality Social Care Services in buildings that are not only compliant with the Regulation of Care Act, but also reflect the assessed needs of vulnerable people. Respite care is an essential service that provides support to families and carers of those vulnerable adults with a learning disability who have the most complex and challenging needs; therefore it is vital that the environment is fit for purpose.’

Minister Lawrie Hooper added: ‘This project will undoubtedly have a positive influence on the experience of service users and their carers/families; a real step in the right direction towards improving Social Care residential and respite facilities. It’s fantastic to see the project progressing, with the needs of service users at its heart.’