Transforming Care is about people with learning disabilities moving from hospital settings to live within their local community, as well as reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. Some individuals have spent years in hospital with many restrictions placed upon them and without the freedom to develop their skills and independence.
To ensure a smooth transition to a new life in the community for each individual, Affinity Trust has a values-based approach to providing enabling support. This has yielded great outcomes in changing the lives of many people for the better. (Please Meet Ruth for an example)
To maximise a successful transition to supported living we:
Use a multi-agency partnership approach to provide person-centred support.
Provide support that encompasses our values, thus encouraging social inclusion and enhanced quality of life and discouraging the use of restrictive practices.
Use our in-house psychology team to provide proactive support for both individuals and their support teams.
Adopt a positive risk-taking approach which enables individuals to live a fulfilling life.
Increase the independence of the person supported and seek to reduce reliance upon paid support.
Source appropriate permanent housing for individuals, drawing on our expertise in this area and extensive relationships with registered housing providers.
Provide tailored living environments designed to meet individual needs and including the use of person-centred assistive technology.
We invest in staff training and involve people supported in choosing their support team so that staff are matched to their needs.
Training includes PROACT-SCIPr-UK® to ensure a consistent approach to Positive Behaviour Support. We actively chose to use PROACT-SCIPr-UK® for the strong emphasis it places on individual’s rights, using the least restrictive approach.
Affinity Trust enables 64% of the people we support to live in supported living, compared to the national average of 15% (DoH).
Supported living is Affinity Trust’s preferred model of support. Our Transforming Care services provide both permanent as well as ‘step-through’ supported living accommodation within 4-6 self-contained flats. We have been providing step-through accommodation since 2007 and have recently increased our portfolio in response to Transforming Care, with investment from Affinity Trust and a grant from the Department of Health.
Our step-through accommodation enables the people we support to develop their skills and independence over a 6 month period and prepares them for a move to a permanent home. It offers the opportunity for detailed assessments of an individual’s communication skills, capacity, behaviours, mental health and wellbeing, skills, abilities and housing needs so that the next move to a long term home has the maximum opportunity of being successful.
We offer a flexible and solution focused approach to meet local needs, both for commissioners and for each individual. To discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact:
Lorraine Taylor, Head of Development