Dearnevale Care Home, Grimethorpe, Barnsley
|Services||Neuro-disability, Brain injury & stroke, Enduring mental ill health|
Welcome to Dearnevale
Dearnevale is a nurse-led care home for 42 adults with complex needs. Located near Barnsley, Dearnevale is a caring, welcoming and truly person-centred home.
At Dearnevale, we build our care and activity plans around an individual, supporting and encouraging people to be happy, cared for and fulfilled. Making every day better is about achieving the best possible outcomes for those we care for, so we identify goals and outcomes together with individuals, families and professionals.
Service users at Dearnevale live in one of four units, each with 10 beds - Greenside, Ladywood, Darbyshire and Fuller. Each unit has dining room, nurses station and lounges. Bedrooms can bedecorated to suit personal tastes and every bedroom has an accessible ensuite wet room and TV and telephone points.
At Dearnevale, we understand the importance of good, nutritious food. Our restaurant style dining menu is developed with service users to ensure a varied and interesting menu is available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements.
Dearnevale’s OneCare services offer extended pathways of care, providing a home for those who have met rehabilitation goals and are looking to return gradually to life in the community. These two one-bedroom apartments are also ideal for those with progressive conditions who can still live independently with support nearby, and for people who require an individual care environment.
Dearnevale’s two OneCare services are easily accessible from the main home - just a short walk across the road. The first service is made up of two one-bedroom flats, and the second is a two-bedroomed house with communal living areas.
Shared living areas allow service users to interact with one another, and their guests, whilst also developing their independence, in a home from home environment.
The flats and the house can be adapted to suit the individual needs of service users, from decorating to their personal tastes to ensuring their home is wellsuited to their physical requirements.
Dearnevale encourages service users to work towards achieving their personal goals, and further develop their independence and life skills. Service users can move into the OneCare service when they are ready – whilst still having the support of the main home as and when
The OneCare service at Dearnevale provides care and support to individuals living with mental ill-health, brain injuries, Huntington’s disease and other complex challenging behaviours. Supported by specialist nurses and life-skills teams, service users can further progress their journey to independence before returning to life within the community.
"The OneCare service offers a pathway for our service users, promoting independence and offering support to transition to independent living. We hope to enable our service users to integrate back into the community.” - Home manager, Helen McGowan
Life at Dearnevale
Social activities, leisure interests and hobbies are all part of a healthy, balanced life. Dearnevale’s activity staff and service users work together to create meaningful and fun plans. As well as group activities, staff facilitate individual hobbies and interests and where appropriate, support to access education and volunteering.
Outings including lunches out in the community and day trips to The Deep and Butterfly World are popular. Service users are also supported to go on holidays to Centre Parcs or to the coast at Bempton. Wherever service users would like to visit, an accessible minibus means there is always transport available to take them. Service user forums held every eight weeks allow people to share their views and develop future activities.
All service users have access to the sensory room, designed to develop a person’s senses through special lighting, music, and objects. A private, enclosed garden is level and accessible for all and includes areas for sitting and relaxing, with a gazebo for shade.
A full-time neuro physiotherapist and therapy assistant work in the therapy room, which is equipped with a neuro plinth and tilt table, bike, walking frames and ceiling hoists.
A therapy kitchen allows service users to develop their life skills including budgeting, preparing and cooking a meal.
Family, friends and visitors
Our open door policy means friends and family are welcome to visit at any time and be involved in care planning and reviews.
We encourage everyone to be involved in giving those we look after the best possible quality of life.
A dedicated room with a sofa bed is available for visitors.
When Peter first came to Dearnevale, he required 1:1 support, presented complex behaviours and used a wheelchair. Feeling angry and scared, Peter’s behaviour often became challenging, causing tension and upset for both Peter and those around him.
With patient care, Peter began to understand why he needed to learn to manage his behaviour. He worked with the care staff and made a conscious effort to interact with those around him. Not long after moving into the home, Peter began working with the physiotherapist, began using an exercise bike and lost weight. After a few months, Peter could walk unassisted.
As Peter achieved his personal goals, his confidence and independence began to increase. Together with care staff, Peter decided to move into the OneCare service. “Since being in my own flat, I have learnt how to cook, how to keep the place clean and tidy on my own, and enjoy playing my video games, or being in the garden. I also have a job at the local leisure centre!” – says Peter.
Peter’s next goal is to live completely independently. By living in the OneCare service, he is one step closer to his dreams and has the full support of Dearnevale to ensure he reaches his goal.