The Guernsey Cheshire Home has one aim: to provide care and opportunity for people with serious physical disabilities in as close to a family atmosphere as possible. Equally important, though is the preservation of dignity and individual independence, and providing residents with the absolute right to live a life of their own choosing within a family environment. The Home is a unique facility that for more than twenty years has been providing a high level of care for islanders with serious physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, spinal injury, strokes, motor neurone disease, arthritis and the effects of accidents. It provides a home for people who need constant care and are unable to live in their own home. The Home first opened its doors in 1987 and was the brainchild of a group of pioneering islanders who recognised the need for a dedicated care facility for those local residents suffering with severe physical disability. They wanted to create an environment far removed from the geriatric facility that many people with disability resided within at that time. A Steering Committee was appointed and together they raised enough money from donations to buy and then refurbish a property in the Rohais, St Peter Port called Shorncliffe.
Today, Shorncliffe is home to 11 full time residents and a number of respite visitors all managing the challenge of severe physical disability aged from their 20s to 80s. The home provides full time care for local residents suffering from many severe physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, spinal injuries, arthritis and the devastating effects of permanent paralysis. Without the Guernsey Cheshire Home where else would these islanders live or be cared for? The States of Guernsey can't provide suitable accommodation. The nearest thing to a care facility for these islanders would be a geriatric ward. The Home provides a real family atmosphere where residents have their own rooms, decorated and furnished how they want. A million miles from the vision of an institutional hospital ward. They are empowered to maintain control of their lives. Activities are provided every day including trips out, all with a focus on living an independent and rewarding life, something they would never receive in a hospital environment. The Home also provides specialist medical care with registered nurses, physiotherapists and posture specialists a vital part of the team. The home provides trips out through our volunteer carers and activity staff. There is a fleet of disabled vehicles the residents can call upon whenever they require a visit away from the Home. It will possibly comes as some surprise that the Guernsey Cheshire Home receives no direct funding from the States of Guernsey or the Leonard Cheshire Disability. Therefore, the Home must raise £1,100,000 every year in order to maintain this level of care and service. Through the kind donations of islanders and an extensive calendar of fund raising activity, the Home is able to sustain its viability. Without the Guernsey Cheshire Home, these islanders living with the affects of disability would have a very different and difficult existence in Guernsey.