Boston House Celebrates 1st Year of Service

Boston House in Oldham, opened its doors 12 months ago to provide specialist ABI (acquired brain injury) care. Even in the midst of the global pandemic, the service has supported people right across its three areas of specialism; intensive nursing, residential care and studio apartments designed to help people live as independently as possible.

Manager John Evans said: “It’s difficult to believe it was a year ago that the first person moved in to Boston House as the time has gone so quickly.

“We’re set right in the heart of the community and before the first lockdown we obviously had so many opportunities for people to enjoy everything it has to offer.

“The pandemic has had its challenges but we’ve made sure we get out and about as much as possible within the limits of the restrictions but we’ve also been making the most of our in-house facilities including our gym. We’ve also created a pool room with a professional standard pool table which everyone has been really enjoying.

“We’re just finishing off our work in the garden and everyone’s looking forward to getting out there in the Spring to get planting – we’ve got lots of plans! And, while we’ve celebrated our anniversary in quite a low-key way for now, we’re really looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when restrictions allow.”

Boston House supports up to 17 people across its bespoke designed nursing, residential and studio apartment areas, supported by up to 50 support and nursing staff.

As well as residential support, Boston House provides highly specialised nursing care including tracheostomy and PEG-management support and has three distinct areas, each of five or six specialist beds including nursing and residential. The service also offers on-site access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and social and vocational support.

John added: “Boston House and all of our facilities have been specifically designed to help people to regain their skills and live as independently as possible and we’ve already seen some people successfully supported to move on.

“One person we support said that the team here had been like a second family to him, that they understood him and that they had been there for him. He said that it was clear that it’s not just a job for any of us, and he’s absolutely right. We’re here to do all we can to support people, and their families, through the rehabilitation process and to help them move home, or to supported living, as quickly as possible.”

Accomplish Group’s Divisional Managing Director Ryan Brummit said: “When we opened Boston House a year ago, we could never have predicted the challenges all of us would face as a result of COVID-19. However, this is a very special service with a very special team who have continually gone above and beyond to help the people we support to achieve the very best outcomes possible, in the most difficult of circumstances.”

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