Birches

Eton Avenue, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4JD

Birches is a 6 bed specialist residential service for adults with autism and who may present with behaviours that challenge. We aim to provide a safe, comfortable and effective care environment for those in our care, promoting independence and community integration.

The home is located near to the bustling town and city centres of Newark, Lincoln, Grantham and Nottingham, providing easy reach to local amenities, including parks, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities. Person-centred planning is at the heart of everything we do, based on the specific needs of the individuals in our care. We understand that consistency and continuity of care is important for each individual.

Within the service we have three en-suite bedrooms on the first floor and three on the ground floor for ease of access for those who may have mobility issues. We also have two lounges, an arts and crafts room, an ADL kitchen and an IT suite.

As part of our care pathway, our service enables each individual to build upon their skills to achieve further independence, selfadvocacy and confidence, leading to better quality of life. Residents can gain skills through extended learning on a number of accredited platforms.

Interventions are matched according to individual needs and our life skills development programmes are overseen by our activity coordinators. The integrated MDT consists of occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and psychiatry. They support the development of daily living skills and reduction in maladaptive behaviours.

Our staff use non-aversive positive approaches and are trained in MVA specialised behaviour interventions and sensory integration strategies. A combination of person-centred planning, measurement of progress and a full multidisciplinary approach can only result in the best outcomes for each individual.

Resident profile:

  • Diagnosis of autism
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Communication challenges
  • Associated complex needs
  • Likely history of multiple exclusions and placement or family breakdowns
  • May have an ECHP (Education Healthcare Plan)
  • May be subjected to DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) or Care Orders

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms – residents are encouraged to personalise their room
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Two lounges
  • Multi-sensory room
  • Recreational and arts facilities
  • Garden

Community links:

  • Sconce Hills Park
  • Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery
  • Newark Castle
  • Skegness – Seaside town
  • Newark Sports and Fitness Centre

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