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Specialist learning disability and autism support

We have care homes that provide specialist nursing care for people living with a complex learning disability and/or autism.

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Learning disability and autism


Our care homes provide specialist nursing care for people living with a learning disability and/or autism.

We support people with a learning disability and/or autism to live their lives as they choose, by providing personalised care in small, purpose-built homes.

A learning disability and/or autism can affect people in different ways – some people may have reduced ability to manage everyday activities such as household tasks or managing money, whereas others may display behaviours of concern.

That’s why our approach is personalised to the individuals that we support – we work with them, their loved ones and professionals to design a care plan that’s tailored to their needs and goals.

Specialist care in a community-based home

Our community-based homes and OneCare services provide person-centred care that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

We have over 30 care homes across Yorkshire, the Midlands, North East and North West that provide a welcoming and supportive environment where people can feel at home, continue to do the things that they enjoy, and remain closer to family, friends and loved ones.

Find your local complex needs care home

Community involvement

We’re all involved in a range of communities throughout our lives, which give us access to services and social groups that ensure that our individual core needs are met – and this shouldn’t be any different for people living in care homes.

We’re committed to encouraging and supporting people to maintain these connections, if they wish and wherever possible.

Read more about community involvement

Holistic care in a community-based home

Each of our homes have a skilled in-house team of Nurses, Support Workers and Life Skills/Activities Coordinators, as well as access to in-house Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Consultant Psychiatrist and Mental Health and Behaviour Support Specialists, which enables people to access holistic care in a community-based home that’s closer to their friends and family.

  • Life skills – our Life Skills Teams support people to rebuild their everyday living skills such as cleaning, washing, money management and cooking, and take part in meaningful activities to improve their wellbeing.  

  • Occupational therapy – our Occupational Therapists help people to overcome the effects of their learning disability or autism, by considering their physical, psychological, social and environmental needs.

  • Behaviour support – our dedicated Behaviour Support Team work with individuals and care teams to understand the reasons for people’s behaviour, and implement strategies to reduce the frequency and duration of incidents of challenging behaviour.

  • Psychiatry – our Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Marshall, supports people to manage their treatment and provide a range of therapies for people living with complex needs.

Read about our approach to care

High dependency nursing

People with a learning disability and/or autism may also have other conditions or illnesses, such as epilepsy, mental health needs or diabetes, or require high dependency nursing care, such as a tracheostomy and ventilated care, or feeding regimes including PEG and Dysphagia.

All of our homes are led by Registered Nurses, and supported by an in-house team of Health Care Assistants and Life Skills Coordinators, so that people can access the care they need, from the comfort of the home.  

High dependency nursing care 

Get in touch

Our specialist teams are here to support people with a learning disability and/or autism who are looking for a supportive and welcoming home. 

Find your local care home, or get in touch with our Referrals Team who can help you to find the right home.

Autism and learning disability care

Sarah lived with learning disabilities, frequent epileptic seizures and challenging behaviour. Sarah displayed many autistic traits and it became clear that her behaviours were closely linked to frequent seizures. With a new GP, neurologist and an epilepsy specialist nurse and the right medication, Sarah’s seizures reduced. Through gentle care, time and patience, the team supported Sarah to become more independent.

Read Sarah's story