We support people with learning disabilities including autistic spectrum conditions and mental health needs. We work in partnership with each persons ‘circle of support’ to make a positive and real difference in their lives. We focus on each person’s abilities and support them to reach their goals.
Mental health needs
The term mental health needs cover a wide range of needs and difficulties which can affect a persons ability to function day-to-day, for a short time or throughout their lives. This can include anxiety-related, depressive, schizophrenic and personality disorders. If someone is diagnosed with a learning disability and mental health needs they will require more specialist support.
People with some cognitive or communication difficulties may find it more challenging to understand their needs, the treatment and the support they require, to manage and support their mental health needs; our supported living services include working with health professionals and the persons’ circle of support to understand these. We complete transition visits to get to know the person and the support they need. We select and train staff to have the right skills and any additional training required is sourced. Consistency and reliability are essential to people and when there is a higher complexity of need, we ensure that we work as a team with everyone involved in their care, to get the supported living services right for the individual.
Our role is to ensure we support the person to have the best quality of life, re-build their self-confidence and skills, lower their anxieties and enable them to manage their mental health needs.
Following a referral, an assessment is undertaken and a package of care and support is proposed to deliver the current needs, goals and outcomes. Details of the support and the cost of this will be provided.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
The definition of ABI varies and can cover a multitude of conditions. What seems to be consistent is that it describes a condition, which is acquired after birth (from 5 years old) and can apply to any age. It is non-progressive and can be caused by various traumas to the brain/head. For example, damage to the brain tissue after road traffic accidents, assaults, falls, industrial or sporting accidents, drug or alcohol abuse, poisoning, viral infections to the brain, neurosurgery or damage to blood vessels in the brain. It presents its special challenges due to the combination of cognitive, physical, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties arising from damage to the brain.
We also support children and adults with complex health care needs.