About Aspinden Care Home

Aspinden is a friendly, vibrant and homely living environment. The service specialises in providing care and support for people affected by alcohol misuse and addiction and those resistant to changing drinking behaviour.

The service operates according to the five ways to well-being. It provides a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) within a Harm Reduction approach to create a safe and healing environment focused on positive experiences and compassion.

Trauma-Informed Care underpins the care and support we provide. All nursing and clinical staff provide Trauma-Informed Care and apply Compassion Focused Therapy principles to work with multiple and complex needs. They work closely with each client through a tailored Care Plan that recognises their physical and mental health needs.

Staff monitor client’s alcohol intake daily to ensure safe consumption, covering all aspects of privacy, dignity, security, choice, aspirations and rights.

Service contact details

Meet some of the team

Collins Mensah

Service Manager

Collins has over 15 years of experience managing residential care homes and supported living services working with vulnerable adults including, single people experiencing homelessness and people with learning disabilities and severe mental illness. He has extensive experience in strategic partnership working with multi-disciplinary teams across numerous London Boroughs to meet commissioner expectations and targets.

Muriel Gutu

Clinical Lead

Muriel is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Independent Nurse Prescriber and liaises with the Medical Team and Recovery Team, ensuring clinical governance is at the heart of Aspinden Care Home's clinical offering.

Ezechukwu Ibe

Deputy Manager

Eze has worked in Health and Social Care with adults since 2014 and has worked at management and leadership levels since 2019. He is passionate about adult social care and has particular interests in working with people with substance misuse, supporting to achieve good outcomes through person-centred care. In his own words, "Giving people a second chance is a big driver for me".

Michaela Smart

Personal Health and Wellbeing Coordinator

Michaela is involved in all aspects of the running of Aspinden and has over ten years of experience in management and leadership and supervising teams. She is passionate about clients' well-being and is excellent at dealing with people with complex needs in an adult care setting, working closely to ensure person-centred care is delivered.

  • Our Approach

    Our Approach

    A harm minimisation approach is adopted, focusing on working with residents to manage their alcohol intake within agreed limits whilst encouraging and enabling a healthier lifestyle, improved diet, and self-care.

    Whilst the goal of abstinence is never a requirement, the person-centred approach, alongside the use of tools such as the Drug and Alcohol Star in key working, is successful in supporting many of our clients to achieve abstinence and successfully move on, whilst enabling others to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use and other lifestyle issues.

  • Referral Process

    Referral Process

    We receive enquiries from local authorities, drug and alcohol services, and many other organisations located all over the country.

    Once an enquiry comes in, we send through information about our service with a referral form to be completed. Alternatively, you can complete our online referral form and email the rest of the documents via: enquiries.ach@equinoxcare.org.uk

    Referral form

  • Information required for client referrals

    Information required for client referrals

    1. Completed Referral Form
    2. Care Plan
    3. Risk Assessment
    4. CPA Report (Care Programme Approach) if applicable
    5. Contingency Plan
  • Arrival


    We recommend that clients arrive between 9:30am and 5:30pm for admission. As a 24-hour service, we can admit after hours. Upon arrival, staff greet clients warmly and take them to our Admission Room.

    Each client is Covid tested and assessed, and clinical observations recorded. Clients are given a tour of the facilities and building and then shown to their private  room to settle in.

  • Activities


    As a service, we provide a range of activities from days out to exercise classes, massage therapy and movie nights. We also offer additional 1-2-1 activities on request.

    These activities offer our residents opportunities to improve their general health and wellbeing. They also enhance many aspects of their personal lives by building self-esteem and confidence, reducing tension and anxiety, creating space for social interactions with others, and encouraging social skills, which inevitably increase life satisfaction.

  • Unique Community

    Unique Community

    Our team of Personal Health and Wellbeing Practitioners come from all walks of life and backgrounds to provide residents with the best care possible. Our residents have a private room with towels, bedding and storage space. We encourage participation in maintaining a homely environment at Aspinden, which provides lounge areas, a communal kitchen, a TV room, a laundry room, and food available 24-hours a day through a dedicated chef team.

  • Moving On

    Moving On

    There is no time limit on clients staying at Aspinden, and some will remain with us permanently. However, we will actively support moving on based on the client’s own care needs as they progress during their stay with us. We work on a case-to-case basis, always with their best interests at heart.


Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Do you accept referrals from any local authority?

Yes, we can accept referrals from any local authority in the UK.

Have an enquiry?

Get in touch by email to speak to a member of our team enquiries.ach@equinoxcare.org.uk

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