Some people have physical disabilities or sensory impairments, or other chronic health conditions such as diabetes or dementia, or challenging behaviours in addition to a learning disability. We feel passionately that these specific needs should never be a barrier to someone leading the life they want, with the same rights and choices as everyone else.
We ensure that we offer the same person-centred approach to all, carefully matching the individual with support staff who have the right expertise in supporting the person’s additional health needs or specific behaviours.
For some people, specific techniques are needed within support methods and our staff are trained to offer this tailored support. We use intensive interaction with non-verbal individuals to help them communicate, have a resident clinical psychologist to seek advice from, and have a long history of supporting people who have autism.
Affinity Trust has a growing list of specialist services available to ensure a person can feel fully-supported. These include:
Supporting people who have challenging behaviours – dignity and quality of life is key to Affinity Trust’s support and we understand that often a person can behave in a challenging way because they are frustrated and unable to communicate their needs and wishes to others. Once they have dedicated support teams and we begin to work with them to understand the root of this behaviour, build their trust and achieve their full potential, we find that challenging behaviour reduces substantially and often disappears altogether.
Supporting people with additional disabilities – such as sensory impairments, chronic health conditions such as diabetes or those who are wheelchair users.
Supporting people with learning disabilities and additional mental illnesses, including those who self-harm.
Supporting people who have been involved with the criminal justice system.
Transition services – short-term accommodation placements which can provide stability for those between long-term support solutions and can include stepping stone accommodation, personal assessment and skills development.
Personal budget support (self-directed support in Scotland) – where the person supported has money to pay for a support plan and we help to identify what type of support is required, when and how.
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