Out Of County Specialist Provision
Ecclesbourne Lodge is a 10 bed transitional home with two separate houses, Brook and Fern. We specialise in the care of young adults aged between 18 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 Ecclesbourne 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 provide young adults learning opportunities that can be linked to achieving recognised qualifications, allowing them to thrive and develop their independence. We 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 local health care professionals that include Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and a Psychotherapist.
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.
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 Ecclesbourne Lodge. This will be combined to form a detailed profile.
Many of our young adults have specific communication needs. Our Key Workers / Link Workers work with local speech and language therapist 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 which includes specific health information and risk assessments. For the first six weeks young adults will work to a general learning programme while the support team 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 people in the young adult’s care is their Key Worker and Link Workers. Each young adult is nominated a Key Worker and two Link Workers 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 / Link worker's 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 easy 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 Ecclesbourne 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 Ecclesbourne 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 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. On site we have three sensory rooms, a garden adjacent to each house with an adult size swing and Trampoline. There is a Paddock, raised vegetable beds which lead onto an established orchard and a secret garden which has a pond. There is also a plant centre and tea rooms.
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 clubs or they can be used to enhance learning opportunities such as work placements at or attending local Further Education College.
We ensure that all residents have the opportunity to learn new skills and have new experiences. We work in partnership with the resident, their parents, colleges, employers; work based training providers, charities and other providers to make sure each resident who wants them gets these opportunities. We are flexible, innovative and creative in our approach.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Ecclesbourne Lodge
- DE56 4AQ
Time / date details
- Time of day
- Age ranges
- From 19 years to 30 years
- Referral required
- Referral details
Please contact Caroline Parker, Group Referrals Manager
Tel: 01332 378840
Last updated: 11/04/2019