Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre improving living standards for adults with learning difficulties and autism



Brackenley, home to 13 adults with learning support needs offering

award-winning care and has achieved a Care Quality Commission rating

of Good. Click here to view the report published on 29th June 2019.

The Excellence Squared team visited Brackenley in February 2017 and were impressed by staff commitment, the level of care and overall impression that the resident was the centre of what the home does.


The three-year award recognised: “Staff are very positive….and talents are nurtured, providing residents with access to a range of activities. Staff knowledge, attitude and behaviour is regarded as the home’s biggest asset.”


Staff are on hand 24 hours per day to assist with personal care, providing nutritious meals, help with shopping and accessing the local community.


The residents have their own bedroom with en-suite facilities and each room is furnished and decorated the way they choose, with personal possessions and technology.


Brackenley has a state-of-the-art sensory cabin which provides stimulation and enjoyment for the residents. This is on the site of the old shed, funded with grant aid we have a new building which is a warm and educational space. Multi-sensory environments have been shown to have significant benefits for adults with learning disabilities – including promoting relaxation, improved communication and social skills, not to mention general happiness and well-being.


A personal trainer is provided to work one to one with residents to help improve their core strength and fitness.


Relatives are actively involved in the care of their family member and formal arrangements are in place to make sure that relatives can be also involved in decisions relating to care. There are no restrictions on when relatives can visit and they do visit regularly.


We were a pilot site for the new ‘Excellence in Care Standards‘ accreditation programme and in 2017 we were awarded that standard. We are committed to continuous improvement and are investing in external support systems and expertise.

Download the Excellence in Care Report Here

33 Forest Lane Head



Tel: 01423 862230

Email: brackenley@hs4lc.org.uk

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