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New adult respite facility opens

A brand new, purpose built respite facility for adults with additional support needs is ready to welcome its first guests.

Red Rose House, which is adjacent to the new Lockhart ASN Campus in Stevenston, is an 8-bedroom, state of the art facility providing respite breaks for adults known to North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Learning Disabilities Service as part of their care and support plan.

Each ensuite bedroom is equipped with comfortable, homely furnishings and mood lighting, with rooms opening out into a fantastic landscaped garden with a water feature, bbq and a heated hang-out den.

The facility also has an activity wing with an area for arts and crafts, a hi-tech sensory room, quiet room, a games room with sofas and TV, and a kitchen area where visitors can eat together or learn cooking skills.

Over 70 respite visitors enjoyed a tour of the new building this week, with feedback being extremely positive.

The adjacent 8-bed facility for children with additional support needs, known as Roslin House, opened earlier this year.

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The feedback we have received since the opening of Roslin House to young people has been absolutely fantastic, so we can’t wait to welcome our first adult guests to Red Rose House.

“This fantastic facility is not only modern, bright and state of the art, but it also offers a real home from home experience for adults with additional support needs.

“Demand is high for both adult and young people’s respite services, and these new purpose built facilities – alongside the new Lockhart Campus – will significantly improve opportunities for residents with learning disabilities across North Ayrshire.”

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