Specialist / Complex Specialist and complex needs

Finding a more personal approach to achieving goals

We have a number of homes which provide a range of life enhancing services for those with complex learning disability needs. Using the wealth of experience we have and by sharing ideas, best practice and advice across our homes, we believe we can make a real and positive difference.

Everyone is different, so we adapt our approaches to suit each individual. It starts with person-centred planning, creating a plan with the service user which includes their aspirations, beliefs, strengths and needs. From this, we make sure all the right support and services are in place.

Health action plans are an important part of this too. We’ll plan for all their physical wellbeing needs and put all the health care services in place to keep them fit, healthy and happy.

Regular meetings with support staff, home managers, occupational therapists, activities staff, families and the individual help us keep track of progress, refining the plan if necessary. 

To make sure our homes are the right place for your loved one we conduct a pre-admission assessment which looks at many things e.g:

·    Compatibility with the people within our home.

·    How they can integrate into the local community. We encourage social inclusion into the wider community. i.e. local education, vocational, community social events, club memberships, safer neighbourhood team and local advocacy groups i.e. Speak Up.

·    Can we continue their existing routine? This is often vital to a successful placement. So we assess, and maintain where possible, put in place all the things to make sure the individual’s relationships, activities and hobbies and interests. This limits the disruption to their lives and promotes physical, psychological, emotional health and wellbeing.

·    If we can meet the needs of the individual better elsewhere we will tell you


The transition process.

We work hard to make the transition from home, or the current setting, as stress-free as possible.

Once a placement has been agreed we’ll start working with the person. Introducing them slowly to their new environment. Often we’d start with key support workers spending some time with them in their current environment. Once we’ve gained their confidence, we can introduce them to their new setting. First for a meal, then a day, followed by an overnight stay, then weekend stay. The pace at which we’d do this depends on the individual. Which helps to prepare them, so they come to us happy, confident and relaxed

It is worth pointing out that none of our facilities are independent hospitals, and we do not detain individuals under the mental health act, however during a period of transition; we can accept individuals on section 17 leave and often work with individuals who are subject to Community Treatment Orders and Guardianship Orders. Our homes can work with other agencies to facilitate the Care Programme Approach (CPA).