DERBY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Vinegar House situated in Derby City is a 13-bed care home catering for adults under the age of 65 suffering from various aspects of mental health illness.
We promote a small and friendly environment in which to live. The home has a modern and cosy feel as we actively aim to avoid an institutional style. All of our rooms are en-suite and we have 5 specific rooms, which are targeted more at semi-independent living for Service Users who have been identified as having the potential to further develop their living skills or a psychological process to ultimately support them moving on.
These rooms include an additional small kitchenettes equipped with sinks, micro waves and fridge, the intention being to support Service Users who have the potential to prepare their own snacks etc. The reality of the above is that few service users actually prepare their own meals preferring the quieter aspect of the rooms, and the more teaching focus of the kitchen in the main house. However this remains an option available to us as and when anyone shows the potential or desire.
We believe it to be important that people with mental ill health who have invariably spent lengthy periods in institutions are allowed to experience what may be perceived as normal living practices and social outlets without undue pressure from potentially harmful influences that may be more prevalent in certain locations within a city environment.
Since opening in August 2008 Vinegar House has achieved a 73% successful move-on rate to various forms of independent living. Vinegar House has formed close links with supported living services within the City and actively pursues the move to independent living for service users who are able to demonstrate sufficient aptitude and skills pertinent to them.