A local charity’s community builder scheme is supporting people leave a Middlesbrough NHS mental health hospital and settle back into their homes.
For some people, their home surroundings can make them feel overwhelmed. This can impact on their mental health and lead to some people returning to hospital for further inpatient support.
FROG, the Future Regeneration Of Grangetown, repairs and deep cleans people’s homes as they leave inpatient wards at Roseberry Park Hospital, Middlesbrough. The work aims to help people settle back in their homes.
The community builder work has included making repairs to window latches and light fittings, redecorating, deep cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms, moving furniture. FROG also works with the local authority to arrange for landlords to carry our further repairs.
The charity has supported five people since the initiative started in June. Plans are in place to support a number of people currently being cared for at Roseberry Park Hospital.
Lynn Pallister, FROG community enterprise manager, said “For some people, although they may feel well enough to leave hospital, their home environment can be too much to cope with and this can set them back in their recovery.
“We carry out repairs and improvements to make sure people have a welcoming home to return to that they can enjoy and thrive in.”
Roseberry Park Hospital is part of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) which provides mental health and learning disability services across Teesside as well as County Durham, Darlington, parts of North Yorkshire, York and Selby.
FROG became a registered charity in 1997. The group is run by people living or working in Grangetown (Middlesbrough) and surrounding areas. The charity offers local people a range of support including: financial advice, low cost food support services, employment opportunities for local residents where possible, neighbourhood social activities, environmental improvements, the provision of home to school transport and transport to and from hospital appointments.
Elspeth Devanney, head of adult services in Teesside at TEWV, said “It is really hard to know that despite making good progress here with us in the hospital environment, for some people this progress is impacted upon when they return home due to their home surroundings.
“Sometimes, patients can be delayed in returning home if they are not ready to cope with their home environment so to know they can return to repaired, safe, tidy homes where they can settle and continue to recover is really welcoming and will go some way to supporting their ongoing positive mental health.
“A patient recently supported by FROG told us they were anxious to leave hospital due to the condition of their home and the amount of work needed was a barrier to them making a fresh start; FROG carried out repairs to the patient’s home making them feel ‘lighter’ and ready to return home.”
The Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and TEWV fund the initiative. The work is part of wider investment in a number of schemes to support patients’ discharge from mental health inpatient services.