Celebrations as unique mental health facility completes expansion project
Progressive mental health care and rehabilitation centre, Chilwell House in Ilkeston, is to open its doors to visitors to showcase its newly extended facilities and to thank staff, patients and their families, for their support whilst major building works were underway to double the unit’s capacity.
Chilwell House is the brainchild of former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist Dr.Ivan Bakaltchev, whose frustrations with the limited resources within the health service led him to establish Aspire Mental Healthcare and open the specialist facility just over two years ago. The success of the project, together with rising demand for the service have been the driving forces behind ambitious plans to open further supported living schemes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Birmingham over the coming twelve months.
“Continued budget cuts to resources for mental health care have been very much in the news recently. Young people in particular are failing to receive the support and care they need at a time when mental health problems are on the rise,” Dr. Bakaltchev explains.
“Chilwell House has proved a great success in helping people to recover from illness, rebuild their lives and return to the community. Since we first opened the facility, we have added a ‘step down’ unit which offers residents of Chilwell House the opportunity to live more independently, although still in a supportive environment, to prepare them for discharge. Now we have doubled our capacity at Chilwell House and will be introducing further services to provide a comprehensive pathway of care back to health.”
The Mayor of Erewash, Mr Kewal Athwal, will be attending the celebrations along with residents, their families and invited health professionals. According to Dr.Bakaltchev, all are welcome to visit and find out more about Chilwell House and the services offered by Aspire Mental Healthcare.