Out of County Specialist Provision
Cedar Lodge specialises in the care of young adults aged 19 and 30 years and aims to help them develop the skills required to live with support in the community or to prepare them for life in a suitable residential home.
The focus at Cedar Lodge is to ensure each young adult gets to reach their full potential regardless of the barriers in their way.
We work in a truly holistic, multi-disciplinary way where the divisions between care and learning are integrated. We are unique in our approach in that the care staff support the young people in the home as well as assisting the onsite instructor to provide learning opportunities that can be linked to achieving recognised qualifications, ensuring true consistency across the setting, which is the only true way of allowing the young adults to thrive and develop their independence. We also value the insight and knowledge parents have about the needs of their child and the best way to support them. We work closely with parents throughout their child’s time with us.
The care staff are extremely experienced and receive comprehensive on-going training to keep them at the forefront of best practice. Young adults are also supported by our own onsite support services that include Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and a Psychotherapist. To encourage community access, professionals outside of our service are used for their specialist input.
We have a flexible approach and always focus on the needs of the young adult. This is reflected in the care packages we can offer. Our care packages are bespoke and flexible, focusing on the needs of the young adult at this very specific time in their lives whilst working towards their future life goals.
We currently have three, three bedroom apartments each with their own lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Another three bedroomed apartment is due to open in 2017. The small living groups enable us to ensure compatibility of peer groups whilst enabling our young adults to build positive friendships and develop key group living skills, such as compromise, ready for their move into a more permanent living arrangement.
Each young adult has a bespoke care plan built around them. The level of support, the constraints of the environment, tolerance of peers and levels of risk will be established by the multi-disciplinary team prior to the person joining Cedar Lodge. This will be combined to form a detailed profile.
Many of our young adults have specific communication needs. Our speech and language therapist works with support staff to write an individual communication passport. The communication passport ensures the young adult is cared for in a nurturing and consistent way. In addition each young adult has a positive behaviour support plan, risk assessment and specific health information. For the first six weeks young adults will work to a general learning programme while the onsite instructor gets to know their individual development goals. After this time, a bespoke learning programme will be developed to focus on the individual development needs of the young adult. Altogether, this forms their care plan. All staff will be aware of the contents of this care plan and will work to it to ensure consistency.
The pivotal person in the young adult’s care is their Key Worker. Each young adult is nominated a Key Worker within two weeks of their arrival; this allows us time to see the young adult’s personal preferences and bonds with staff members ensuring a suitable Keyworker is selected. The Key Worker’s play an important role in developing individualised care for their key person. The Key Worker will be the main contact for parents or carers, as well as professionals. They act as an advocate for the young adult, as well as their families, and will attend reviews and meetings, as well as helping the young adult to understand outcomes of meetings. This may be by putting the information into an easily read format or having a one to one discussion.
Each young person has a room of their own, personalised for them at the start of their time at Cedar Lodge. During assessment and on confirmation of a placement, personal decorative preferences, plus specific adaptions to the environment will be made to ensure it is a comfortable safe and positive living space. Personal finances are managed to meet the individual’s needs. We are able to manage finances on a young adult’s behalf however some parents prefer to keep this responsibility. Where possible young adults at Cedar Lodge are encouraged to manage their own finances; support is given at a practical level depending on their ability. Having some understanding or learning how to manage finances can is a key development aim, especially where a young adult is aiming to live in the community.
We understand that young adults need to be entertained and kept active as boredom can often be a trigger for behaviours that challenge. We are very fortunate to be based on the West Midlands Learning Campus (WMLC) surrounded by woodland. Onsite we have adult sized park equipment, a large sensory room, leisure barn and plenty of space to ride a bike or go-kart.
We encourage our young adults to engage in as many offsite community activities as possible, these can be purely social for example attending discos and youth club or they can be used to enhance learning opportunities such as work placements at Acton Farm Mill or attending local Further Education College.
We have numerous vehicles to allow trips far and wide, and we also make use of public transport, to ensure young adults have all the learning and development possibilities open to them. Activities are tailored to the young adult, so the list is literally endless and can include cinema, discos, climbing wall, bike rides, shopping in local cities, Football matches, swimming, gym, etc. We also ensure young adults have access to a holiday each year; from Butlins to Center Parcs, Camping to 5* luxury hotel, all depending on individual choice (and of course budget).
Who to contact
Where to go
- Cedar Lodge
West Midlands Learning Campus
- HR7 4LS
- Age ranges
- From 19 years to 30 years
- Referral required
- Referral details
Caroline Eaton, Group Referrals Manager
Tel: 01332 378840
Last updated: 01/05/2019