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Thistle Care Home

thistle202 front doorLocation: Dundee     
Number of beds: 10     
Gender: Mixed     
Age: 18+
Service: Care Home with Nursing

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Susanna Gormley   

Susanna Gormley 2018  

Thistle Care Home
119 Americanmuir Road
Dundee DD3 9AG
01382 819 910

Case Study 6

Thistle Care Home is a Residential Home with Nursing for adults living with a learning disability

Situated in a residential area of Dundee, Thistle Care Home supports up to ten adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. The team also supports those who may additionally have an autistic spectrum condition, those with additional mental or physical health issues, or complex behaviours.

Thistle Care Home is a detached purpose-built building with its own gardens. The care home is situated on the ground floor and is split into two areas, both of which deliver 24 hour care and support within a structured environment:

  • Six en-suite bedrooms, with access to two communal lounges and a dining room, giving the individuals the opportunity to socialise as a group, or enable them to spend time alone. Service users have access to a life skills kitchen to enable them to prepare food for themselves or visitors.
  • A specialist suite, named Lomond, containing four en-suite bedrooms for people with autistic spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. Lomond has been designed specifically for the needs of people with complex behaviours, with the team specialising in supporting individuals with autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. The people who live here will have access to a state of the art sensory room, separate outdoor space, as well as a shared dining room, kitchen and lounge.

Within the grounds of Thistle Care Home is a separate building, Corbet Lodge, where people can enjoy a range of creative table top crafts and games, whilst also learning some valuable independent living skills. This area is dedicated to activities and supporting life skills in readiness for moving on.

Thistle Care Home is located in the city of Dundee, which has an extensive array of community amenities for people to access, including leisure centres, social clubs, shops, colleges, and work placement settings. Service users can also enjoy walks and visits to the nearby botanical gardens and Discovery Quay.

Thistle Care Home has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.

People come to Thistle Care Home for different reasons; they may require more support than can be provided in a supported living setting, or they may be moving along their care pathway from a hospital placement. Whatever the reason, Thistle Care Home can offer specialist input based on individual need to deliver flexible and effective support.

Based on the first floor of Thistle Care Home is Wallace Hospital, from which people can move to Thistle Care Home as they step down along their care pathway. Click here for more information on Wallace Hospital.

Our Model of Care

Within Thistle Care Home we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services

We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

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