Each service user has a Weekly Schedule that is based on their likes, dislikes and perceived preferences. The aim is to encourage personal development and build self-esteem by enabling service users to participate in a range of activities and to acquire appropriate problem-solving, practical, social and life skills.
We create a balance of activity and relaxation within the home environment. The people we support are encouraged to take part in the day to day running of their home (including domestic skills, laundry, gardening) as well as chilling out and enjoying their home and garden as places of fun and amusement.
Getting out and about in the community and engaging in community life is as important to us as it is to the people we support. For many of them regular physical activity is a crucial part of their everyday lives. Within the community service users are encouraged to engage in social activities, hobbies and leisure interests in line with their level of ability. As some service users find crowded community spaces anxiety-provoking, the community facilities accessed initially include beaches and the local countryside. Activities such as walks and picnics are expanded upon as service users’ become more confident, and may include swimming; horse riding; bowling; roller-skating; snoozelens; and visiting pubs, local shops and cafés. The staff encourage service users to express their cultural and religious needs and community links are further developed through potential access to local colleges and other educational establishments for service users of this level of ability.
There are house vehicles for use in accessing the community, but service users will also be encouraged to use public transport where appropriate.
Support is offered in line with assessed need and staff therefore work with service users to enable them to achieve as much independence as possible by understanding when support is required and when to “stand back” and allow growth. Risk assessments are conducted based on an enabling model, the focus being to allow service users opportunities to take appropriate risks that will promote their independence, but at the same time assessing the appropriate degree of support required so that risks are minimised. The Home Manager and key workers have specific responsibility for ensuring that agreed programmes are implemented effectively.