Project information

A lift for a home for profoundly disabled people

A lift is needed to help profoundly physically and learning disabled residents have on-going access to their 1st floor bedrooms. The house has been their home for 7 years, affording them 24 hour care. Their needs have increased with age and their ability to manage stairs has decreased.

July 2012 - August 2012

Charity information: Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God

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  • Need


    Residents have been in care all of their lives and the past seven years have afforded them unprecedented stability. They like where they are, their behaviour and relationships have improved, they have care sensitive to their profound needs so do not want to have to move. They will have to however if a lift isn't fitted. Social Services fund according to need but will not pay to have a lift installed in the home so will move the residents to accommodate them elsewhere if a lift is not fitted.


    The residents will continue to live in their suitably adapted (care) home where they are happy and cared for around the clock by staff they know and like, and who manage and meet their on-going but changing and challenging needs.
    As other residents’ age and their disabilities worsen, they too will benefit from having access to the lift, enabling them to have continuity of care, on-going social contacts, access to their bedrooms and reassurance for their families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. To meet residents on-going needs by keeping them in their (care) home.


    » Fundraise to get the necessary £16,000 for the lift and for the additional £6000 to carry out the remedial and electrical work needed.

    What success will look like

    Success will be maintaining residents in their (care) home, offering continuity of care as well as affording peace of mind for families, staff and the service.

    Aim 2

    Maintain stability and minimise the disruption caused to the residents


    » Residents need stability and change can generate negative behavioural, emotional and psychological consequences. Families too are reassured by this.

    What success will look like

    Success will be supporting residents and reassuring their families that care of their loved ones will be continuous, personalised and sensitive to need.

    Aim 3

    Minimise the financial implications for the service by residents leaving and new ones entering it.


    » The service operates knowing that it has the security of income from Social Care. The loss of income, were rooms to become unusable would affect care.

    What success will look like

    Success will be maintaining the status quo in terms of care provision and numbers of residents accommodated.

  • Impact


    Residents came to the service with profound needs and challenging behaviour. As a consequence of the care they’ve received, their behaviour has become calmer and their relationships have improved.

    Staff sickness (due to injury) has also reduced and fewer staff are now needed per person. This positive trajectory could be maintained, provided the residents don’t have to move.


    Staff involved - the service and care home managers, contractors and project manager will collaborate around timescales and work requirements, taking into account service users’ needs and family wishes thus enabling the project to run smoothly.


    Estimates for lifts and progress reports to donors will be made available.
    Donors will be welcome to make contact with the Care Home manager and arrange a visit to confirm the need for and view the work, if necessary.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 New lift Large enough to accommodate a service user, equipment and care workers.
  • Background


    The Care Home is in Queensbury, a small village in Yorkshire, Britain.


    The care home provides 24hour nursing care and support for eight people with physical and learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

    Two residents currently need the lift but all will benefit ultimately as they get older or their needs increase.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The service in the care home is provided by the charity, St John of God Hospitaller Services, so has a responsibility for meeting the on-going needs of residents there. Do Good charity is the fundraising arm for the charity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrew Wilson, Property Services Manager

    He will project manage on behalf of the Services, liaise with contractors, the fundraising office and ensure the work is completed satisfactorily.

    Carmel Wilkinson, Deputy Manager

    She will be key to ensuring that residents’ lives are minimally disrupted during the work and be the liaison person with families and project manager.

    Brid Hehir, Development Manager

    She will liaise with donors to identify their needs and ensure that their wishes are accommodated and communicate them to the Project Manager.