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Thistle Care Home

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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 is a residential service with nursing for adults living with a learning disability

Situated in a residential area of Dundee, Thistle 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 is a detached purpose-built building with its own gardens. The service 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 is Lindsay House, a new development supporting two people within bespoke single person apartments that provide a more independent living environment. These apartments each have their own front door, lounge, personalised bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom, a spacious garden, as well as a kitchen to help promote independent living skills. Click here to read more about Lindsay House.

Thistle 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 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 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 can offer specialist input based on individual need to deliver flexible and effective support.

Based within the same building as Thistle is Wallace independent hospital, from which people can move to Thistle as they step down along their care pathway. Click here for more information on Wallace.

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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