New housing scheme helps adults with learning disabilities live in community

New housing scheme helps adults with learning disabilities live in community

SWISH: Kitchen at Park House, the new facility in Weymouth for adults with learning disabilities

KEY: Daun Tattersall

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ADULTS with learning disabilities are being given a helping hand to live in the community with the creation of a new venture in Weymouth.

Park House, which has just opened near the town centre and close to the seafront, is aimed at people who wish to make the transition from residential schools, colleges, or family home and live independently for the first time.

Housing seven young adults between 18-25, the facility offers round-the-clock care and support.

It has bedrooms over three floors with en suite or shared facilities, a large kitchen-diner, lounge and good-sized garden.

Park House is run by independent care provider Regard.

Manager Sarah Kington said: “The house has been completely refurbished and is beautifully decorated. Everything is fresh and new and with a real home-from-home atmosphere.

“We’re so excited to be able to offer this wonderful accommodation for people who have made the decision to live independently.”

The aim of the service is to support people to become more independent in all areas of their lives. Each person will have a bespoke support plan with long-term targets separated into small, achievable goals, and be supported to live as full a life as possible and accomplish as much as they are able.

Regional director of Regard Daun Tattersall says: “The key to Regard’s success in implementing these plans is the innovative way we promote two-way communication with the individuals we support, many of whom cannot communicate conventionally.

“We utilise technology to allow young people to make their thoughts and wishes known in ways that make sense to them using a ‘communications menu’ from which they can make selections to help them express themselves effectively.”

People living at Park House will be supported to take part in social and recreational activities, seek voluntary or paid employment, and have their say in how their home is run at regular’ meetings, including helping recruit new members of staff.

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