Specialised Short-term HIV Respite
We take a look at the Waverley Care Milestone, a recently established respite centre that has been providing an important service provision since 2001. Waverley Care Milestone is part of the Waverley Care that was founded in 1989 as a direct response to the HIV epidemic in Lothian. Over the following years their services have changed and developed to reflect the changing needs of service users.
What will I find at Waverley Care Milestone?
The new residential service offered at Waverley Care Milestone opened its doors in September 2001. The respite service has been created to offer short to medium term care for up to eight service users at any one time. This model of care was designed to offer support to both people living with HIV and their carers. It aims to be supportive and life enhancing for people in a variety of ways using groupwork as the main focus of work. The unit offers: Practical help and support with all aspects of personal care and well-being, support around personal relationships and assistance in trying to resolve outstanding issues, access to information, advice, counselling and other Waverley Care services including arts, day care and pastoral care, health education and health promotion support and advice, support around combination therapy, adherence and long-term maintenance issues, monitoring of health care needs and provision of appropriate medical care, liaison with other health and social care professionals. The unit accepts referrals from social workers, health and other professionals for service users normally resident in the Lothians. All people being admitted to Waverley Care Milestone have a continuing care plan and are assessed accordingly; this includes a financial assessment carried out by social work staff. Charges will vary according to the financial status of individuals. Enquiries are welcome from people outside Scotland
Waverley Care exists to promote the welfare of HIV positive people and people with AIDS in Scotland, and support their relatives, carers and dependants and has a number of other services available for those ‘Living with HIV'.
Waverley Care offers a number of HIV service provisions other than their respite centre, including the following; Waverley Care Buddy Service, Waverley Care Day Care Service, Waverley Care Solas, an HlV Support and Drop-in Centre. For further information on Waverley Care and the extensive services they offer you can contact them at the below address. Alternatively why not visit their extensive and informative website.