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Bank Lodge

Individuals with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder. Who present with high levels of challenging behaviour. Whose challenging behaviour poses a significant risk to them, others, or property.

Bank Lodge
Bank Lodge

The support of a skilled staff team, 24-hour hours a day, specifically trained in positive behaviour management, autism, and challenging behaviour.

A manager with extensive knowledge and experience in complex services, that will work closely with the PBS lead to ensure that PBS plans are developed throughout all stages, from initial assessments, transitions, and the day-to-day delivery of care within the bungalow, that allow the care team to deliver the highest levels of person-centred care.

Regular input and reviews with the wider care team and in-house PBS lead to review the presentations and agree on actions to help the care team in the delivery of care for each individual.

We recognise the importance of a Total Communication Environment. We implement this under the guidance and direction of our PBS Team who support our Supported Living services to implement service specific Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods. We work alongside Speech and Language Therapists to embed the strategies advised for individual service users, as well as adopting a Total Communication approach for the service as a whole.

A Total Communication approach focuses on using a combination of communication methods for each person. We accept all forms of communication and offer training to our staff to help them adapt their own communication methods in order for them to meet the needs of the people they are supporting. Godfrey Care works towards the principles of the 5 Good Communication Standards, set out by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Some of the methods we use are:

  • Key Word Signing (Signalong)
  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • Visual Schedules/Now and Next Boards
  • PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display)
  • Talking Mats
  • Intensive Interaction

Key home features of the service:

Single occupancy Bungalow, designed to provide a low stimulus environment, designed to keep the individual and staff team safe, whilst still ensuring a warm and comfortable homely feel.

The Bungalow will have its own kitchen, living room Bedroom, Bathroom, Sensory room and Garden.

The building has been designed so that all aspects, including fixtures, fittings, and toughened furniture, that risks of damage or self-injurious behaviours are mitigated based on the needs of the individuals occupying the living space.

All wet rooms will be fitted with ligature resistant sanitary ware controlled via sensors rather than physical taps, all of which will be made from resin-based materials, with pipping and systems integrated into toughened walls to remove the risk of damage or self-harm.

What are the key outcome aims of this service?

A reduction in the severity, frequency and duration of behaviours that challenge to increase and improve resident’s quality of life.

Decreasing distress for individuals, teaching functional skills to communicate their needs, and learning new coping skills for behavioural patterns.