Specialism: Autism and complex behaviours.
Details of vacancy: There are currently no vacancies.
Type of Service: Residential predominantly male
Our Orchard View residential care home near Strood is pioneering a new way of supporting people with autism and complex needs to live more independent lives.
For the past six months Orchard View has been piloting a specially-created database designed to identify individuals’ health, behaviour, personal care, skills teaching and development needs.
The ‘Personal Daily Outcomes’ model has been developed by care provider Regard from existing best-practice and is set to be rolled to the company’s 147 supported living and residential care services across the country.
John Henderson, service manager of the Frindsbury-based service, said: “The database is helping us to capture details of approaches that are likely to work with the individuals in our care.
“It means on a daily basis we can gather and cross-check information, record consistency or changes in an individual’s wants/needs and note any progress made. It also helps identify any regulatory and training needs.
“Information is easy to collate and analyse and means we can make any adaptations necessary when a person’s independence increases.”
The ‘Personal Daily Outcomes’ (PDO) model was recently shortlisted in the ‘Care Pathways’ category for the prestigious LaingBuisson Awards.
John says the database complements the work of support staff to support individuals to lead more independent lives.
“Now, no matter how complex a person’s disability, using Personal Daily Outcomes we are much better equipped to monitor the people who live with us and chart their progress towards greater independence.
“Being involved in the running of the house means learning new skills and improves people’s ability to concentrate as well as being good exercise. This gives people a sense of purpose and fulfilment and helps reduce anxiety levels.”
People living at Orchard View are involved in drawing up menus, grocery shopping, preparing and cooking the evening meal.
Individuals have their own bank account and pay a weekly visit to their local branch with a staff member. They also launder their own clothes and bedding.
Jody and Shaun are two of Orchard View’s success stories: they are celebrating after being moved up a class on their course at Mid Kent College.
The pair began a catering course in 2014 and how regularly come up with menus, shop and prepare food for their house-mates.
Regard is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and Acquired Brain Injury.
Further details are available from www.regard.co.uk or call 0208 255 4433