Fiennes House is an accessible purpose-built residential home in Wellington, Somerset, for adults with learning disabilities or autism and who may have behaviour that can challenge. Everyone benefits from having access to a large sensory room with equipment to stimulate their senses using lights, sounds, music, and touch. This includes a heated waterbed and materials to help people enjoy different sensory experiences.
The accommodation at Fiennes House is arranged across two separate living areas and comprises of single bedrooms, all with en-suites and emergency call systems, plus additional assisted bathrooms. There are two fully accessible communal kitchens, each with adjoining dining areas and two spacious shared lounges. A large conservatory is used for a range of activities and is fitted with a specialist swing, and there is also a large patio and sensory garden.
Fiennes House is close to Wellington town centre and its amenities, which include several shops, farmers’ market, museum and leisure centre.
Danny has always wanted to get the most out of life, but it hasn’t been an easy journey. When he first moved into Fiennes House, he’d been struggling through a difficult period with his mental health. Over the previous 10 months, he’d had five placements break down, as support teams struggled to understand or engage with his frustrations. One placement asked him to leave after just 24 hours.
But the Fiennes House team took a different approach, focusing on understanding and recognising his frustrations.
Now that Danny feels more confident and even has a paid job, we’re now looking at supporting him to move out and become even more independent. He’ll have his own place, but still have access to our support. It’s a huge step forward for Danny, and one of his biggest dreams. We’re so excited to share it with him.
"We treated him like the adult he is, and that changed his life." Sarah, the Fiennes House manager
All our work is underpinned by the recognition that every person we support has their own individual needs, wants and desires. When supporting someone to transition into a new home, we place paramount importance on getting to know them as well as we can before the moving day. Our aim is to enable people to make choices and express their individuality. Personalisation is not a tick box exercise for us, but is fundamental to how we work every single day of the year.
Clinical Assessment and Intervention Team
Our Clinical Assessment and Intervention Team includes qualified Vision Rehabilitation Workers (sometimes also called 'ROVIs') and Behaviour Consultants with at least a Masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
The Vision Rehabilitation workers play a vital role across SeeAbility and keep front and centre, SeeAbility’s commitment to supporting those with sight loss, as well as those with a diagnosis of learning disability or autism.
Where funded, Behaviour Consultants assess each person’s needs by completing a functional assessment, ongoing monitoring, and support. They use this to develop people's person-centred support using a Positive Behaviour Support framework.
The Clinical Assessment and Intervention Team aim to increase individuals' quality of life, reduce unnecessary restrictions and teach functional skills. This means each person we support gets exactly the right kind of expert attention they need, when they need it, so they can make more choices about what they want from life every day.
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