Support and accommodation for adults

Through our accommodation and support services we offer a range of options for adults with sight loss and multiple disabilities. All our services are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we are proud to have one of the highest compliance levels in the social care sector.

We provide support and accommodation enabling people to develop the skills and make the choices they want, to enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible. Our Heather House residential care home is a unique service with a worldwide reputation. It offers high quality specialist nursing services, for people with the rare and life-limiting juvenile Batten disease, and other complex conditions.

In all our services we want to excel as a specialist provider of quality care and support, ensuring the people we support are at the heart of everything we do.

 

Transition

The people we support and their families tell us the move from home or college is a difficult one. We try to make this process as stress free as possible and aim to get to know parents and young people while they are in their mid-teens and stay in touch until they decide on their future.

To ensure everything is ready for the big move, our experienced team visit and assess their need in their current placement to get to know them and develop their support plans.

 

Preventing avoidable sight loss for adults and children with learning disabilities

We also campaign and share our expert knowledge to raise awareness and improve eye care for children and adults with learning disabilities. Through campaigning and nationwide public health programmes, we help prevent avoidable sight loss.

In 2013 we started sight testing and dispensing glasses to children in a number of special schools as part of one of the largest global research projects. We want to see this become a national programme for every child in special school in England.

 

Language

Language changes all the time. By 'multiple disabilities' we are including a broad spectrum of disabilities and the level of support needed will depend on each individual person:

  • Learning disabilities — people who have a reduced intellectual ability, who will tend to take longer to learn, may need support to develop new skills, to understand complex information or to communicate with other people.
  • Physical disabilities
  • Conditions - whether mental, genetic or physical. This includes people with autism, Down's syndrome and epilepsy, and life-limiting conditions like juvenile Batten disease.
  • Complex needs
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Acquired brain injury

And when we use the term 'sight loss', it could mean:

  • Registered blind — severely sight impaired
  • Partially sighted or sight impaired
  • An eye condition like macular degeneration, nystagmus, glaucoma, cataracts or kerataconus
  • When a person would have difficulty with their vision without wearing the correct glasses

We take everything into account and our support is very personalised. We support people’s psychological, physiological and emotional needs.

If you would like more information about being supported by SeeAbility now or in the future, contact Heather Salisbury (New Business Manager) on 01372 755 064 or 07738 041 439 or email: referrals@seeability.org