The Disabilities Trust disability services offer a continuum of support, enabling people to join or move through the service as needs and desires dictate, from home support to living in a community house or residential setting.

Many service users move through our continuum to at-home (domiciliary) care. We have numerous success stories that demonstrate this is possible for anyone, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. We recognise different life experiences need different provision, and are continuously adapting and evolving to meet these challenges.

Assessment

Our Assessment Model comprises an in-house assessment conducted by our experienced staff, using assistive technology and facilitation geared to each individual and their ability, rather than their disability.

Our disability services' approach to person centred day support has helped me to become independent and helped me to gain my NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care. I'm now a Support Worker for others."

Derek Brookes, former Service User

Assistive technology assessment aims to establish which equipment and environmental controls will allow a service user to be as independent as possible. Identifying the right equipment enables us to tailor the living environment to suit the individual.

Accommodation can be modified knowing it will be right first time. Technology used includes variable kitchen height surfaces, environmental controls such as door entry, curtain operation, TV and music centre controls.

Individually tailored services

Each person is an individual and is at the centre of their support plans, whatever their needs and wishes. We work with a wide range of partners and budget sources. We are experienced in working with personal budgets, be they direct payments or budgets administered by a third party selected by the service user.

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Day services and community support

We provide community services for those people with physical disabilities who are able to transition to more independent living arrangements. This is complemented by our specialist residential service, which provides bespoke, high dependency residential beds and independent living placements, acting as a hub to provide ongoing support to community services.

We recognise the need for freedom of choice for individuals and adopts an enthusiastic approach to providing day services and community support. We facilitate the development of new skills that will enable each service user to move towards a more independent lifestyle, while working at their own pace. The Trust also develops ties with local centres of further education to provide courses at their premises or through IT links.

Short breaks

As a progressive service provider, we offer our specialist resources and workforce to provide short breaks for service users, which may be funded through personal budgets. These breaks are available at all centres and can be a lifeline for those with physical disabilities to retain their independence and mix socially within a supported environment, whilst providing a welcome break for long-term carers.

Home support

We provide an at-home (domiciliary) care service that enables people to remain in their own homes while still receiving support as and when it is needed. Our domiciliary support services are delivered in partnership with local health and social services, working with the individual, their family, friends and other key stakeholders.

Pre-independent living

We also recommend short breaks as a valuable step from residential to more independent living, either from one of the Trust's services or an alternative provider. Service users may then choose to move to one of a variety of settings provided by the Trust, the individual's family or by third party stakeholders.

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Residential life

We offer a range of purpose built residential services, providing high quality and individually tailored person-centred care and support throughout England.

Each service provides a range of amenities, activities and training opportunities to develop new and existing skills. Every one of our residents has the opportunity to contribute fully to the running and development of the service we provide, including the recruitment of staff, and we are committed to the empowerment of service users.

The surroundings at our services are developed to the highest standards. All centres offer a safe, comfortable environment with extensive grounds and gardens for service users to enjoy. Decorated to the individual's taste, with modern interiors, the clean, bright rooms offer a homely and inviting place to live, affording privacy, peace of mind and freedom of choice, yet with staff on hand at any time of day to offer support. The Disabilities Trust has developed a charter of service user rights to ensure they can exercise their rights as individuals.