Council and NHS Staff supporting vulnerable adults in Leeds are working to keep important services going after their base was damaged by flooding on Boxing Day.
Services based at the Assisted Living Leeds facility at Leeds Dock have had to be temporarily relocated due to the building flooding during unprecedented bad weather over Christmas.
The building houses Leeds Community Equipment Service, which provides equipment for daily living and nursing needs at home, and the Tele Care service, which supports adults to live independently.
It is also the base for Blue Badge assessments and various care training for staff.
While officers work to get the site back up and running, the Community Equipment Service has set up a temporary warehouse at Roseville Enterprises on Roundhay Road. They are asking customers to delay the return of any small items of equipment so they are able to prioritise delivering equipment for people being discharged from hospital and for end of life care.
The Tele Care service is currently operating from its disaster recovery site at Cross Green and stock will be held at Roseville. The pendant alarm and other Tele Care sensors are all working as normal.
Contact details for members of the public are as normal but the services would ask for any non-urgent contact to be delayed if possible.
Blue Badge administration has moved to Hunslet Hall and face-to-face assessments will be carried out at Holt Park Active and various health centres. Contact details for members of the public are as normal.
These temporary arrangements will be in place until a full assessment of the flooded building has been carried out.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said:
“This has obviously been a hugely challenging time for everyone working at Assisted Living Leeds and our priority has been to minimise disruption for the many people who use these vital services.
“Whilst our hardworking staff have made every effort to ensure these urgent services continue to operate, we would ask members of the public who use them to bear with us as we get back on our feet and to keep any non-urgent contact to a minimum wherever possible.
“I’d also like to thank all the staff who have worked so hard under incredibly tough circumstances to keep services moving.
“Like everyone who has stepped up during the flooding, they are a true credit to our city.”
Assisted Living Leeds officially opened last February and is a partnership between the council and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
For more details or to find contact details for the services affected, visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/c/Pages/assistedLiving/leedscommunityequipmentservice.aspx