In line with our commitment to least restrictive practice Garden Cottage provides a homely 5 bed environment registered as a hospital ward and accepting male patients detained under the Mental Health Act. Garden Cottage allows people greater levels of autonomy in a safe environment where they can develop their skills and confidence in daily living, supported by our specialist forensic hospital MDT.
For some people a direct move back to the community from medium and low secure wards can be a demanding step. By enabling our MDT to continue with therapeutic and offence related work, combined with developing independent living skills, service users in Garden Cottage will significantly improve the likelihood of their successful transition to a full community placement.
To bridge the gap between a more structured secure environment, and a full return to community living this setting provides a homely 5-bedded forensic service, located in close proximity to our secure ASD service and the town centre, allowing us to test greater levels of autonomy and personal responsibility.
Patients needs could include:
The interior of Garden Cottage has been adapted and designed to meet the specific sensory and communication needs of people with ASD in terms of; lighting, decor, noise levels and labelling.
The environment replicates the experience of living in a house based in the community whilst maintaining close proximity to the hospital MDT and the huge range of on-site facilities, including;