Community Based Services

Our Community based services are able to support individuals with learning disabilities and autism to enable them to successfully move out of hospital into the community, many of whom have had significantly long stays within hospital settings, including secure hospitals and have been difficult to place elsewhere.

The services are also able to support people who are currently living in the community who, due to a crisis, require a period of intensive and focused care and support to enable them to return back to their home environment.

These social care services are specialist provisions with enhanced levels of support which allow people with continuing challenging behaviour and high support needs to be cared for in the least restrictive setting possible, but within a service which is robust and structured enough to meet their ongoing needs and risks. Although many individuals with learning disabilities will be able to move on into supported living or mainstream care services, there is a small group who will continue to require a very specialist provision.

The individually tailored packages of care provided include nursing and social support and a focus on community presence. Our approach centres on ensuring people lead good and meaningful everyday lives, where they have choice and control, accessing mainstream services and facilities, engaging in work and training, in leisure opportunities, hobbies and areas of personal interest. They are supported through person centred care which enables them to live in the least restrictive setting with the least restrictions possible.

Our robust community based learning disability and autism care services are suitable for those individuals who:

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  • Are currently living in the community who due to crisis require a period of person centred intensive care and support in a community based service to avoid an inappropriate hospital admission
  • Are currently or have previously been in hospital and require further support to progress to a more independent living setting

The aim of these services is to prepare individuals for living more independently through a programme of Person Centred care which incorporates the following elements:

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  • Individually tailored care and rehabilitation pathways
  • Care delivered and reviewed following My Plan
  • Positive risk taking
  • Strengths based approach
  • Positive behaviour management strategies
  • Access to meaningful and stimulating activity 7 days a week
  • Developing independent living skills and community engagement
  • A strong emphasis on safeguarding
  • Robust clinical governance
  • Access to independent advocacy
  • Strong multiagency and family partnerships to ensure a holistic package of care and pathway

All of our Community based Services aim to deliver the following outcomes:

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  • Improvements in quality of life
  • Greater choice, control and independence
  • Effective management of behaviour
  • Reduction of risk
  • Good physical health
  • Improved self-esteem and self-worth
  • Social inclusion
  • Dignity and respect
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