Young Adults Service
The Young Adults Service (Haberdasher’s House) was reopened in 2019 as a specialist transitional unit for up to twelve young adults moving from paediatric care into adult long-term care
Making this transition can be challenging for young people and their families, so providing a safe, homely and welcoming environment is crucial to ease the transition process.
Set just behind our main hospital building, Haberdashers House provides an accessible living space for young people with complex long-term medical and nursing needs.
Haberdashers House is supervised by registered nurses and is able to support those with complex care needs – including tracheostomies, non-invasive ventilation (NIV), profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) and other complex physical impairments. Residents have access to a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team as well as assistive technology and appropriate leisure activities. The unit has piped oxygen, ceiling track hoists and accessible wet room facilities, as well as a sensory bathroom.
Residents are also able to access the range of specialities available in house at the RHN including:
- Specialist nurses in tissue viability, infection control, respiratory care, continence advisors and palliative care
- Our onsite wheelchair and postural management clinic
- Tone and spasticity clinic
- Speech and Language Therapist-led fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing in our dedicated swallow lab
- COMPASS – our assistive and augmentative technology service
- An accessible computer room
Maximising independence of wellbeing
Our accommodation enables and promotes independent living, giving residents the chance to be valuable members of the thriving RHN community.
To allow for a level of independent living, there are also two self-contained studio flats. Each has a kitchenette, an accessible wet room and direct access to the communal garden.
What makes our service different to other providers?
We focus on providing a service which is fun, nurtures quality of life, and supports our young people to access a range of activities, as well as the local and wider community.
Haberdashers House has its own leisure and activity programme, tailored to young adults. Activities happen in the large open plan shared living and kitchen spaces, including a sensory room for those looking to relax and unwind.
Some of our outings to the local community so far have included:
- Trips to the local pub
- London Wetlands Centre
- Cinema trips
- Shopping trips
- Tate Modern
- London Eye
- London Zoo
Residents also have access to a sensory garden. Incorporating a brightly coloured pergola, raised flowerbeds and a wheelchair-friendly surface, it is the perfect place for outdoor activities. Due to its careful design, our young residents are able to tend and water the plants, and also enjoy the garden year-round thanks to its shaded areas.
The unit has two dedicated activity coordinators, making sure the residents have access to a variety of engaging activities during the day while also ensuring time for periods of rest and relaxation.
Movie nights, themed months and inventive ways to bring the fun in house have made Haberdashers into a lively, vibrant community within the wider hospital.
RHN resident attended a football match at AFC Wimbledon and met Defender Will Nightingale