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The Squirrels

Manor Road, Chilworth, Hampshire, SO16 7JE

The Squirrels is a 9 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.

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 the individuals we support.

As part of our care pathway, our service enables residents to build upon earlier learnt skills to achieve further independence, self-advocacy and confidence leading to better
quality of life. Individuals can gain skills through extended learning on a number of accredited platforms.

Interventions are matched according to each residents’ 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. The team supports the development of daily living skills and reduction in maladaptive behaviours.

Our staff use non-aversive positive approaches and are trained in specialised intervention techniques and sensory integration strategies. A combination of person-centred planning, measurement of progress and a full multidisciplinary approach ensures the best outcomes for the individuals in our care.

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 own room
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Lounge with interactive entertainment systems
  • Adjoining learning house with IT facilities
  • Multi-sensory room
  • Recreational and arts facilities
  • Garden with outdoor seating

Community links:

  • Local high street shops
  • Holton Lee farm
  • Harvester Restaurant
  • Durlston Country Park
  • Monkey World
  • Local beaches
  • Moors Valley Country Park

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