Welcome to Ecclesbourne Lodge

Get the Most Out of Life and Develop Skills for Independent Living.

Ecclesbourne Lodge is an ideal home for people with complex difficulties and challenges that require specialised ‘person centred’ support in a caring yet productive environment. Residents are able to learn practical life skills and take part in a range of community and home based activities, enabling their progress and transition towards a more independent life.

Our aim is to people to:

Engage in learning

The main ethos driving the learning provision at Ecclesbourne Lodge is meeting the young adult’s individual needs to enable them to reach their full potential and move on to live as independently as possible.

Each young adult is working towards an Individual Learning Programme (ILP). Learning is tailored to each individuals needs and then any progress is tracked and evidenced through ongoing assessment. ILP’s are reviewed quarterly and adapted to meet changing abilities and needs. We employ approaches that are carefully matched to the individuals learning style.

Communication skills

The development of a young adult’s ability to confidently communicate is key to our work.

Each resident has a Communication Passport. These are developed with the support of our experienced Speech and Language Therapist from the Groups Pegasus School, who visits Ecclesbourne Lodge one day a week to support communication. We also have an Occupational Therapist who looks at developing resident’s functional skills such as eating, drinking and personal care. Both Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy develop skills needed for residents to successfully function in society, the motivation and confidence to communicate and the ability to generalise their skills in new settings and environments. Each resident, with the support of their Key Worker and Link Worker produces a newsletter of all the things that they have done over the month to share with friends and family and to keep as a record for themselves.

Self Manage behaviour

Our young adults are diagnosed with varying disabilities, they have significant differences in cognitive ability and communicate in different ways. All young people referred to Ecclesbourne Lodge display some challenging behaviour. This is our specialism and is what is at the centre of everything we do. All forms of behaviour are seen as some form of communication. As a team of specialists we aim to give the young adult a more appropriate way of communicating. All young people have a Red, Amber and Green Lalemand scale, which is a holistic behaviour support plan. The Red scale gives a consistent way of dealing with a young person’s behaviour and clear guidelines on what should and should not be done. We do use specific trained NAPPI physical interventions to ensure people are kept safe. However every intervention and in fact every incident, is closely monitored by the Registered Manager, as well as the onsite NAPPI trainers. We believe in a transparent approach so all incident records are shared with parents/carers and any other significant person in the person’s life.

The Amber scale focuses on the person’s stress factors, those factors of an individual’s life that can cause them to move towards challenging behaviour. By recognising and understanding these, we are able to support the individual to manage stress in a more positive way.

Challenging behaviours have a function of either seeking or avoid something, whether that be something sensory, a tangible activity or attention. By assessing the functions of behaviour our approaches and responses become more person specific and proactive. The Green scale focuses on those areas that make a person’s life worth living. By providing meaningful activities, we can enrich a person’s life and build their self-esteem.

Form positive relations

As the role of Ecclesbourne Lodge is to prepare young adults placed with us to go on to live with support in the community or prepare them for life in a suitable residential home we support young adults to live, socialise and form positive relationships with others. We do this by offering the young adults opportunities to socialise and develop friendships with other young people at Ecclesbourne Lodge, as well as encouraging and supporting young adults to engage in as many community activities as possible. We have a dedicated Leisure and Activity Coordinator who ensures that residents are aware of events taking place in the local community and who builds relationships with other local residents, shop staff, pub and tea room staff and those who run local clubs and societies.

Where a resident has high anxiety levels around situations and environments that are unfamiliar staff spend time with them to desensitise and   reduce their anxiety levels. This might be done through showing photos of the place, inviting people they will meet to the home prior to the event. We also ensure the people running events are familiar with residents.

Be healthy

We have excellent links with the local GP practice, dentist and opticians in the local town. All young adults are registered with the local GP practice, dentist and opticians. Young adults are supported to attend appointments, make decisions on their own well-being and healthy living style, with appropriate levels of support from staff. In addition we have input from a variety of professions including psychiatry and psychotherapy.

 

 

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