Sycamore Court

Based in Leicester, Sycamore Court is a 12 bed residential home that aims to provide care for people with moderate learning disabilities. As well as providing round the clock care to those who require more support with their daily living routines, this project also provides care within standalone bungalows which give each patient the opportunity to lead a more independent life.

First established in 1989 by a group of parents who recognised the need to care for children with a learning disability within their daily routines, the project has since led the way in providing good quality care.

Sycamore Court is owned and supported by a large housing association and also works alongside the local health authority and PCT to establish the needs of its residents with the aim of moving away from institutional care and to supporting them to live a more independent life. The project has recognised the need for people to live independently while still having access to regular care.

This initiative has improved the daily living skills of residents as they move from constant care to semi-independent living. The service continues to grow and in 2006 it won a tender to provide 100 hours of support to another care unit consisting of five houses in the area. The service has also expanded in the wider Leicester area by supporting 29 individuals to live in their own homes.

The standard of care provided is relaxed and personal to each individual and staff respect that they are working in someone's home. By supporting individuals, this project has enabled people with moderate learning disabilities to integrate with society and helped to improve their lives.