Westview is located in the quiet west end of Greenock in an area with excellent public transport links and beautiful views over the Clyde estuary and beyond. There are 4 second floor bedrooms and 1 ground floor bedroom in the main house and 3 ground floor bedrooms in the Coach house. All rooms are small doubles and each house has a single sleepover room for staff and 24 hour on call system. There is a wide winding staircase with a double rail, to access the second floor of the main house so a level of mobility is needed. The walled garden for residents has raised beds and a double driveway in a safe residential area.
The main house has a communal living room, large kitchen and a backroom with panoramic views. Two of the bedrooms in the main house and one in the Coach house have an ensuite shower. The ground floor of the Coach house and the main house have wheelchair access into the bedrooms, but not the bathrooms. There is a lounge, kitchen, and shower room upstairs in the Coach house. The Coach House is a separate house on the same grounds.
There are strong bonds between the residents themselves and the staff. The staff encourage as much or as little participation as residents want and keep the notice board up to date with activities that are taking place. Each person’s bedroom has their own personal input with the staff facilitating the use of mood boards to inspire self-expression in their decorating.
Greenock is a bustling place that has excellent shopping, views, walks and leisure facilities. There is a seaside feel to it with the estuary and the walkway that goes all the way along it.
The houses maintain all internal and external health and safety policies and food hygiene. Interpersonal risk assessments are done to ensure a high level of matching. The Coach House is a more boisterous house, with the youngest resident spending time there for transition and to build skills for independent living at 19, whereas the main house is a quieter place for individuals in need of long term supported living.
Residents can be supported to take part in everyday activities such as banking, shopping, college, cinema and pub lunches. If a person had an interest, there would be an effort made to try and accommodate that, there have been Bingo nights, darts, baking and decorations for special days. The Waterfront Group, a local charity set up through the innovation fund from Quarriers, founded by themselves and has been going on for over 5 years. There are good local connections through this and the larger organisation which meant local businesses donating goods throughout the current pandemic.
Laptops and chrome books for each individual have been sourced recently and each resident is encouraged to explore new interests and research anything that they might enjoy. They have recently signed up for computing classes to assist in communicating with family virtually and staff have been teaching them the basic skills, this has meant more contact with family and friends for some. Games can also be accessed and they can be used for sourcing new goods.
Staff are all registered with the SSSC and qualified to SVQ3 level, they are supported by the wider organisation to work towards their HNC in Social Care and SVQ4 Management awards. The house has excellent staff retention with some staff working with people we support for many years. Staff and people we support have good multi-disciplinary working relationships with occupational therapists and community nurses as well as supporting residents with cosmetic such as hairdressing or podiatry appointments in the local area or to the house. Staff have experience of working with learning disabilities and epilepsy and are an open and honest group of likeminded individuals. When new staff are recruited residents often sit on the interview panel.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, access to Quarriers offices is very restricted, with most teams working remotely for the foreseeable future. Face to face meetings are no longer taking place and we advise anyone with any enquiries to contact us by email.
Unit 1, Victoria House Workshops
St Andrews Street
Tel: 01475 783388
Self directed support (SDS) provides you with a choice in how your social care is provided, letting you decide how much control you want over the support you need to live your life the way you want to.