At Richardson Care, we are experienced in supporting people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs. They may also present with associated behaviour that challenges and mental health needs as well as physical disabilities. We provide a positive environment for adults with learning disabilities, focussing on what each person can do, not on what they can’t. And we find that given the appropriate therapy and care, even individuals with the most complex needs can learn to manage their behaviour and lead a happy life.
This transition can be difficult for both the person with learning disabilities and their family, and it affects people in different ways. Therefore, it needs to be managed carefully and sensitively. We work closely with all of the agencies involved, along with the family. Our aim is to maintain continuity of successful therapies and to manage difficult situations as effectively as possible, minimising disruption and distress.
Everyone is different, so we manage the transition in a way that best suits the individual. This may be by introducing them to the home gradually, starting with day visits, then moving onto overnight stays. Or it may be better for them to just move in. Where appropriate, we also incorporate supported home visits into the care plan and family members are welcome to visit our care homes at any time.
Each service user with learning disabilities has a formal, detailed assessment before they are admitted to one of our residential care homes. We then develop a personalised care plan on which their care and treatment is based. Wherever possible, family members and existing social networks are consulted and involved in the assessment process.
During the pre-admission assessment, we monitor the person in different environments, such as at school and at home, so that we can continue any therapies that are seen to be working well. We also take note of situations that cause difficulties and see how these can be managed better. If service users continue to attend school, then we liaise closely with the school, often using communication books, so that we can monitor and manage any changes in behaviour.
All service users with learning disabilities have access to our multi-disciplinary support team. And each care plan will include a range of therapies and activities to support the individual, help them to manage their behaviour and to fulfil their potential. These include:
The genetic conditions that contribute to learning disabilities often result in other complex medical and physical conditions. At Richardson Care, we are experienced in treating these as well as managing behaviour. For example, support staff are trained in peg feeding and catheter care, as well as caring for people with diabetes and epilepsy.
In addition, our support team is trained and experienced in MCA DOL safeguards and representing service users in Best Interest meetings.