Close up of service user Will Dye in Ernest Kleinwort Court

Philosophy

Disability Lifestyles is part of The Disabilities Trust and the means by which we provide specialist services for people with physical disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis and disabilities resulting from accidents.

As well as providing physical care, we are committed to ensuring people have independence and control over their lives and are treated with dignity and respect at all times. Needs are individually assessed, and care is delivered in a person-centred environment, either in a service user's own home or in a community or residential setting.

"I started as a Support Worker and thoroughly enjoyed my role working hard to make people's lives fulfilling. I get great satisfaction from seeing the difference that has been made to an individual's life - even if it is something seemingly small like obtaining the right equipment to be able to independently pour their own drink out at mealtimes. It's that kind of job satisfaction that has kept me in my role and driven me to progress to Senior Care worker today."

Caroline (Senior Care Worker)

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service user in in the gardens at Shinewater Court

Meeting needs and aspirations

Disability Lifestyles offers independent living skills training programmes, either at local colleges or within our centres. For those who are actively seeking to move from a residential to a community based setting, support is offered according to individual requirements. Many service users have moved through our continuum to at-home (domiciliary) care, and our numerous success stories demonstrate that this is possible for anyone, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.

Each of our physical disability services provides a range of amenities, activities and training opportunities to develop new and existing skills. At Disability Lifestyles we seek to provide an environment that encourages personal development, confidence and independence, and service users are encouraged to take part in a wide range of social, vocational and recreational activities including cooking, music, arts and crafts, exercise, personal safety, financial management and IT.

Disability Lifestyles also offers independent living skills training programmes, either at local colleges or within our centres. For those who are actively seeking to move from a residential to a community based setting, support is offered according to individual requirements.

Our trained and committed staff team ensure that people are at the centre of all we do. We support and encourage service users to live as independently as possible, without a 'one-size-fits-all' approach. We also use technology to promote independence - anything from an adapted kettle through to highly sophisticated, automatic environmental controls and specialist communications aids, all of which enable people to gain independent living skills and build confidence.

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Female service user using an I-pad in Gregory Court

Trained and dedicated staff

We believe that it is vital to invest in our staff to ensure they are committed to person centred planning to achieve outcomes which maximise independence and meet service users' needs and aspirations.

Staffing levels reflect individual needs, while all staff members receive comprehensive training when they join our services. To promote a sense of working together, we also match individual team members to service users who share similar interests.

Disability Lifestyles is committed to the development of its staff at all levels. New team members undergo an accredited induction programme and they are actively encouraged to attend the many in-house training opportunities that we offer. The Disabilities Trust also has its own NVQ centre which offers a wide range of learning opportunities. This is reflected in our achievement as a holder of the Investors in People Award since December 2000.

Our experienced therapeutic team includes physiotherapists, speech and language and occupational therapists. We accept referrals from a wide range of agencies and commissioning care foundations, including health, social services and other service providers.

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