Life-changing residential care for adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.
Type of property
Unity House is a residential service ready to welcome new people and support them in leading an independent life.
The property has level access throughout, as well as a lift for internal access to upper floors. There are twenty-one bedrooms, each with an en-suite wet room. There are two further communal bathrooms with water-resistant flooring - one has an accessible hydro bath with a chair. There are also two communal dining areas, three living rooms, a main kitchen and a training kitchen, three laundry rooms and an arts and crafts room.
People also have access to an accessible garden with a patio and a BBQ for people to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice. Assistive technology can be tailored to suit the needs of each person and includes a fob system for the doors, and alarms in every room.
Valued in your community
Unity House is in Peterlee which has cafes, pubs, restaurants, a library, a post office, and Castle Dene shopping centre with a range of shops and high-street banks.
For people who like to stay active, Peterlee Leisure Centre has a gym, exercise classes, badminton courts, and a swimming pool. We are also close to the coast which has picturesque walks.
Sunderland is close by and offers the Empire Theatre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, the National Glass Centre, the Bridges Shopping Centre, an Empire Cinema, and Sunderland Bowl for bowling.
People also like to visit Durham which provides access to Durham Castle, Gala Theatre and Cinema, Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, Durham Market Places, Crook Hall and Gardens, and the Museum of Archeology.
Living at this service
Unity House is ready to welcome a person of any age and ability. There's a nice mix of people here, who vary in age and ability.
Unity House has a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who ensures that there's always a fun activity that people can get involved in. Activities so far have included a disco, baking sessions, coffee mornings, bingo and a range of fun themed events. People are encouraged and supported to get out and about in the local community, and there is a communal vehicle that all residents have access to.
At Unity House, people choose how they spend their time. Support plans are bespoke to the specific needs of each person, but everyone is encouraged to learn new skills and increase their independence. The people here love cooking, seeing friends and family, one resident sings in a choir at Durham Cathedral.
“At Unity House the support is person centred. It’s not a case of residents fitting in with staff - the staff create it so they fit around the individual needs of the people we support. Staff aim to give people the opportunity to live the life they want. All staff go above and beyond by taking people on holiday or to special events in their own time. It is a busy family environment. The house was named by the people who live here: Unity because they feel they have created a strong unit. One person recently said that they have never lived in a place where they have been treated so well.” Manager, Unity House
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