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Knock Eden enhances lives of patients resettled from hospital - Poots

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has said that making a difference to the lives of all in society remains a firm priority.

The Minister was speaking following a visit to Knock Eden Supported Housing Scheme in Portadown. Run by Fold Housing Association, Knock Eden is a 16-unit scheme for people with a learning disability, many of whom previously resided previously in Longstone Hospital. 

Speaking following the visit last Wednesday (25 September), Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “The Bamford Review recommended that no-one with a learning disability, or with mental ill health, should continue to live in hospital unless they are receiving treatment. 

“A key aim of resettlement is to enhance an individual’s life, as well as catering for their changing needs over time. It is encouraging to see the policy and aims of resettlement being fulfilled here at Knock Eden, where people with a range of disabilities enjoy an excellent quality of life.”

The Minister continued: “During my visit to Knock Eden, I have seen at first-hand the excellent range of facilities available to meet the needs of people who live here. It is clear that staff and professionals are dedicated to working closely with families, carers and the Trust to provide the highest quality standard of care. 

“Indeed, the fact that terminal care was recently provided for two tenants is testament to the commitment of staff to the welfare of tenants at all stages of their lives as well as their families. I was very pleased to meet with four family representatives and all spoke eloquently of the confidence they had in the care given to their loved ones” 

The Minister concluded: “Knock Eden fits in with the principles of better health outcomes, and integrated working as outlined in Transforming Your Care. This can be seen in the good working partnership that exists between Fold, Supporting People and the Southern Trust.”

Notes to editors:

1. Knock Eden supported Housing Scheme opened in 2004 and formed part of the planned resettlement of learning disability patients from long-term hospital care into the community and provides tenancies for 14 former patients from Longstone hospital and two persons from the community.

2. Fold Housing provide social housing in over 55 towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland. They provide sheltered housing for the over 55s and general needs housing for families and single people. They also offer a range of specialist care facilities for the frail elderly, people with dementia and those who have learning disabilities. 

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