Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vivo Care Choices has been busy making improvements to a number of its buildings, creating benefits for both people using services and staff.

Vivo has been on a journey of improvement over the last couple of years, with all services regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated as ‘good’ and a new contract with the Council starting in April 2021. There are ambitions to continue improving services in the future and the different building work is an important part of that.

Dorin Court in Chester, which offers respite services, has a brand-new office space, creating more room for staff on duty to complete important tasks.

All rooms at Meadowbank Lodge in Winsford have been repainted, lighting has been upgraded to light-emitting diode (LED) and new blinds have been put up. The LED lighting supports Vivo’s Carbon Neutral Plan and ambition to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Work is also ongoing at Dover Drive in Ellesmere Port to extend the dining room area and build an outdoor sensory gym for people using services to use on site.

Some of the other work planned includes installing air conditioning at the Little Roodee Café in Chester, extending office space at Overdene Road in Winsford, building a summer house at Lightfoot Lodge in Chester and replacing windows and doors in the conservatory area, and developing allotment space in Ellesmere Port.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “As part of the new contract with the Council, we want to bring our services closer to the community than ever before.

“The work we’re doing across our different services will bring many benefits for the people we support and help them become more independent in the community.

“We’ve had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with the many challenges it has brought, but it was important for us to continue making improvements and developing our services.

“We have plenty of other plans to gradually improve our buildings and create further opportunities for the people we support.”