Durham services provide personal care to people with learning disabilities who wish to remain independent in their own home.
Alan Gray Court – Newton Aycliffe
Alan Gray Court consists of three spacious bungalows located just outside of Durham City. This service was developed from the Durham and Darlington NHS Trust resettlement programme for six clients. The service provides 24 hour support. A staff team of 34 work across this service and teams have been developed according to the clients preferences and staff’s skills. The service networks with other local agencies such as Behaviour Therapy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, to ensure clients receive the best health care and support necessary to their changing needs. The staff team consists of Person Centred Facilitators who provide positive and proactive support, consultation, planning and monitoring.
Manager: Claire McCabe
Marwood Park – Durham
What is the ideal model of care for people with learning disabilities? People living in their own tenancies supported by a dedicated and skilful staff team? At Marwood Park in Durham (as in our other services) we think that it is. Six people with severe learning disabilities and some challenging behaviours, living in four well equipped bungalows, have established new lives in the community. After many years spent in a local long stay hospital the clients here have become used to the new opportunities and choices afforded to them by living in the community in their own homes.
They have their own things, watch the telly or listen to music when they want to, go shopping, go to the park …. all this and more. Of course, staff are there to support them and to help them to learn new skills. Because of the level of support required staff are with them 24/7, and probably always will be. But you can see the depth of feeling between the clients and their supporters, this also runs strong and deep – and this is what completes the service.
Manager: Sam Power
Portland Avenue – Seaham
Portland Avenue consists of two spacious bungalows and two independent living flats. It was built to enable nine clients with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible in the Seaham community with support from a dedicated staff team. Clients who live at Portland have been able to positively develop their community presence and have a varied network of social, community, educational and vocational opportunities available to them.
Manager: Julie Matthewson