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There’s no place like home at St Stephen’s Court

Sixteen new homes in Sighthill are helping people to build meaningful lives at home following an admission to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Originally a sheltered housing complex, St Stephen’s Court has been transformed by the City of Edinburgh Council to provide high quality accommodation and the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is funding ongoing care and support.

To celebrate a year since completion and the service becoming fully functional, members of the Partnership met with those who have been working on the project to congratulate them this week (Thursday 31 October).

The new purpose-built homes feature high-quality places to stay to help people recover in a homely setting after time spent in hospital or in unsuitable accommodation.

Day-to-day access to health and social care support services is provided, working with Carr Gomm, Penumbra and Volunteer Edinburgh to support tenants to develop recovery and community connections which for some people will result in moving on to a long term home in the community.

Chair of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board, Angus McCann, said: “Our aim is to provide the right support to help people recover after a stay in hospital. For many who have experienced crisis, going home to a safe, warm place to stay with access to support is crucial to prevent readmission and it can help people to live independently again.

“Places like St Stephen’s Court are vital and it is great to see the success of these new homes a year after completion. The refurbishment of the property was coordinated by City of Edinburgh Council staff and we are indebted to our colleagues who have delivered this excellent building. The Health and Social Care Partnership worked with service users, carers, staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and third sector providers to design and deliver these places to live so that we ensure they provide good outcomes for people. My thanks to everyone who has contributed to its success.”

Over the last five years, Edinburgh has enhanced and developed services that support people in their own homes and within shared living resources in the community. The St Stephen’s Court development meets the commitments in the Health and Social Care Partnership’s Strategic Plan to further shift the balance of care by increasing the provision of supported accommodation and follows news last week that the EIJB will accelerate its ‘home first’ approach.

As part of the mental health services provided by the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, St Stephen’s Court also provides access to community mental health services and a range of 24/7 supported community placements to help people make the transition to independent living.