Barnaby House offers vital support and facilities

We're proud to be supporting the National Housing Federation's Starts at Home campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of supported living schemes in light of the Government's review on how they're funded.

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1 Sep 2016

Here's how Barnaby House, one of our extra care schemes in Eston, provides vital support to its residents and how Government changes could impact on the scheme.

The scheme

Barnaby House in Eston is a purpose built extra care scheme for over 55s designed to facilitate independent living within the community. Residents have a wide range of care needs with access to onsite care and support services around the clock.

The scheme, part of the Eston Community Village development which is soon to be completed, is located in the heart of the town, with amenities on the doorstep and extensive communal facilities including a guest room for visitors and a restaurant, as well as a beautifully furnished communal lounge, a convenience shop, hairdressing facilities and a landscaped garden. 


Across the Eston Community Village development, there are 13 bungalows and 38 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments of mixed tenure, with 20 for rent, including 9 for specialist dementia care and 12 for mental health needs. The apartments are fully equipped and all are wheelchair accessible with two specially designed for wheelchair users. All the apartments have level access showers, and are carpeted.

Care provision

Care at Barnaby House is commissioned by Redcar & Cleveland Council, and tenants are referred through the local authority’s social services. Security and privacy have been prioritised and the on-site care and support is available throughout the day and night from an experienced team of care workers and a scheme leader and worker. Care is provided by Comfort Call and covers everything from a brief check-in, to help with self-care and day to day tasks that most of us take for granted. 

Lydia's story

Alongside grieving the death of her husband, Lydia was the victim of three burglaries and began to feel extremely insecure and alone in her home.

Her estate was isolated from any bus routes, shops and other local amenities, meaning she was left with limited options to get out of the house and was quickly losing her independence. 

Lydia was referred to Barnaby House in the heart of the community, which benefits from being close to local shops and allows her to come and go as she pleases with a helping hand when it's needed.

With a support package that is fully tailored for her needs, Lydia says she now feels in completely safe and secure and in control of her life again.

Lydia has also made plenty of new friends at the scheme, meaning she no longer feels alone and is enjoying a stress free life in a home that fully suits her needs. 

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