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Larch Court

Larch Court provides intensive support for men with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. The team support individuals who are detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have behaviours perceived as challenging. We accept emergency referrals and the team are experienced in managing them quickly and efficiently to ensure the transition for the service user is as smooth as possible.

Larch Court offer placements for four men with independent living areas. The living areas include self-modulation sensory facilities, with a programmable sensory menu to accommodate personal preferences, strengths and abilities of each individual.

Larch Court’s staff team reflects the differing needs of each individual. Everyone is supported on a 1:1 staffing ratio 24 hours a day. Agreed ongoing 2:1 additional support is available.

Individuals are typically referred from:

  • Inappropriate hospital placements, making little progress or in a non-specialist autism service
  • Secure services (but requiring a community placement)
  • Community services where additional support is needed

Our care plans focus on achieving three key targeted outcomes:

  • Reduction in behaviours that challenge
  • Increase in pro-social presentation
  • Progress to future out of hospital placements within lesser restrictive environments

Service user profile:

  • Male, age range 18+
  • ASD diagnosis (high or low functioning)
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Requiring bespoke support and care
  • May be sectioned under the Mental Health Act (1983) or restricted under DoLS

Our service / facilities:

  • Calm, relaxing and secure environments
  • Highly skilled staff and regular input from in-house MDT
  • Personalised development of core life skills
  • Supporting access to social, education, vocational, financial and leisure services
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Independent and communal living areass
  • Activity room with interactive screens
  • Garden with outdoor seating
  • Psychology and OT assessment room
  • Self modulation sensory facilities
  • IT Café
  • Barber
  • Gym

Community links:

  • Colchester United Football Club
  • Voluntary work centres
  • Places of leisure and entertainment
  • Community environment projects
  • Wivenhoe nature reserve
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