The Fire Fighters Charity can now provide residential nursing support to more of its beneficiaires after a successful application to the Care Quality Commission saw the number of approved nursing beds - supported by a team of registered nurses and clinical assistants at its Jubilee House centre in Penrith, Cumbria - increase from four to six.

For nearly 25 years, the team has been providing a round-the-clock service of kindness and compassion to people with additional needs attending the purpose-built centre. They help beneficiaries to engage with a structured programme of support to aid recovery or maintain their independence, as well as providing care and support to allow their carers a well-needed break.

“We’re absolutely over the moon, as we’ve had four bedrooms since we opened in 1995, so this is a massive move forward,” says the Charity’s Director of Beneficiary Services, Sharon Bailey. “We know the impact of what we offer to our nursing clients is invaluable, so to be able to increase the number of people we can support is fantastic. Led by our Nursing Services Lead Kath Savage, this amazing team delivers a service that is underpinned by kindness, and you can’t go far wrong with that.”

These new nursing bedrooms will join the four existing ones, providing extra space for specialist equipment, as well as modified fixtures that will allow staff to support beneficiaries in meeting their needs, whether this is assisting them with their personal care needs, administering their medication or assisting those with poor mobility.

“Our philosophy of recovery extends to people with specialist nursing needs just as much as it does to someone trying to get back to work after injury or illness,” says Sharon. “We seek to enhance people’s quality of life, enabling beneficiaries to live a meaningful life in their community of choice and achieve their full potential while they are within our care.”

For every single person the nursing team cares for, their objectives for their stay differs. For some it is to walk unaided for more days than they would normally, for others it’s simply to give their partner a break from their usual role of carer. But the thing that is universal is the level of care, kindness and compassion every single beneficiary receives from the team.

Jubilee House was purpose-built to meet the needs of the beneficiaries who come through its doors and is the only of the Charity’s three centres that can offer nursing care. The reasons why beneficiaries may need such support varies, from meeting the needs of those recovering from a stroke or following a spinal injury to supporting those living with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. In short, the team are set to provide whatever care they can to improve the quality of life for everyone who comes through their doors.