Downham Lodge is an eight-bedroom residential home for men and women with mental health conditions. Current residents range in age from 19 to 59. The home can support a wide spectrum of conditions, including personality disorder, schizophrenia and acquired brain injury.
Residents are relatively independent, able to prepare and cook their own meals with minimal staff support. The group is sociable and active, with most residents preferring to spend time in the communal areas and going out together for activities.
Located in a pleasant residential area of Southsea, close to the seafront and the amenities of Portsmouth, the property has recently been completely refurbished to provide contemporary ensuite bedrooms, a shared dining room and two separate lounges, as well as a small garden.
Both lounges are furnished with sofas, televisions and board games. The main lounge also has a games console and a pool table, the other is designated as a quiet room.
The home has an activity store containing gym equipment, a sewing machine, arts and crafts materials and two house bikes. There is also sports equipment, such as footballs and tennis rackets, that can be used at the seafront common a short walk away.
Downham Lodge runs regular day trips to nearby towns and the Isle of Wight and has its own transport. It supports residents to engage with local colleges and online courses, music groups and voluntary work. The home has organised coffee mornings, Halloween parties, healthy eating events, recycling workshops, dance classes and more.
The experienced staff team support those living Downham Lodge to develop independence and life skills. The home can support a wide spectrum of conditions, including personality disorder, schizophrenia and acquired brain injury.