Service for adults with disabilities reopens in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:14 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 12 April 2016

Hertfordshire County Council has reopened a service for adults with disabilities in Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire County Council has reopened a service for adults with disabilities in Welwyn Garden City


Hertfordshire’s largest service offering short breaks to adults with physical disabilities and sensory needs has reopened.

St. Michael’s House, in Holwell Road, Welwyn Garden City, reopened yesterday following extensive refurbishment.

It was redesigned to provide contemporary living spaces for those who require short breaks or need to regain independent living skills.

Hertfordshire County Council worked closely with interior designers and took inspiration from service users, families, carers and staff.

The redesigned interior layout will include nine short break-rooms and three independent living rooms. Each room is designed to have its own en suite facilities with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Sue Darker, operations director at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Our fantastic new state-of-the-art facilities now match the support that we provide to people who need a short break or help to regain their independence.

“We are now able to offer a better quality of care, thanks to the extensive refurbishment, but we can also care for up to 12 people at any one time.

“Our short breaks service is just one of the ways we support our residents to live healthy and independent lives.”

Manager of St Michael’s House Karen Matthews said: “It’s been a long road getting to this point, I’ve been here now for almost 15 years so I’ve seen various projects on the table, so to actually get to the end point is unbelievable.

“It’s an incredible difference, and I hope that everyone enjoys the new facilities.”

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