Awelon Healthcare employs the use of a goal planning system for each service user, in order to remain focused in relation to the development of individuals. Goal plans are regularly reviewed and form part of the overall evaluation of the care.
All service users are given the opportunity to take part in a diverse range of activities that are offered either at home or within the local and wider community. It is through participation in these activities, at whatever level, that service users’ can enjoy and develop fulfilling lives. As well as furthering self- help and independence skills, service users can explore their own creativity as individuals and as a group through cookery, gardening, and arts and crafts. These sessions incorporate visits from specialist and artist from the surrounding areas, which encourage positive and meaningful relationships with people outside the home. Service users’ family members, friends and advocates are actively encouraged to participate in these activities, by being kept informed and invited on a personal level.
Service users are encouraged and supported to make their own decisions and choices, wherever possible, in relation to all areas of their lives; deciding what food to buy and cook, making decisions and choices about personal purchases such as clothes, toiletries or magazines, deciding how to personalise their own bedrooms through decoration or bed linen, furniture or equipment, choice of health services such as GP, Dentist etc. Contributing to the decisions that are made with staff in relation to holiday destinations, where to eat out and policy and procedure changes. All of these types of choices and decisions, and many more are enabled on a daily basis, as far as is possible.
However, the staff at Awelon Healthcare understand that some or all of these decisions will be problematic for certain service users, due to the complexity of their disabilities. These service users will need to be provided with extra support, by way of time and methodology, to be able to participate in decisions and choices e.g. a service user may need to experience a selection of colours or textures, and their responses noted over a period of time by staff, in order to select room decoration, Or they may need to have home visits arranged with a choice of health professionals, in order for their interactions to be monitored and interpreted, to inform a decision about which health professional to register with.
Service users are enabled and encouraged, wherever possible, to handle their own finances. Support and guidance can be given when required, and a secure, lockable facility can be provided in their own bedroom.
Where no other suitable alternative is available, and it is in the service users’ best interest, the manager at Awelon Healthcare will act as DWP appointee/agent, and as such will be responsible for the service user’s benefits income and expenditure recording and safekeeping.
Awelon Healthcare is a registered residential care home for young adults ages 18 and above of either male or female sex, who have learning difficulties and / or mental health problems.
Awelon Healthcare will seek to provide a high-quality service in partnership with service users, parents, carers and external agencies. We seeks to enable service users to exercise their full potential and to live valued and meaningful lifestyles.
Awelon Healthcare is intended to meet the needs of younger adults who have learning disabilities and who may engage in behaviours that are often viewed as challenging.