Moving-On

Supported Accommodation

Randall Care Homes has built its reputation on providing excellent Residential Care to Mental Health Clients in the community. We have worked closely with Brent Social Services and have extended our services to provide supported accommodation for people with Mental Health problems.

We are able to provide continued support to clients who have lived in residential care and are ready to live a more independent life.

The Support
Through our experience and knowledge in working with mental health clients, we have identified the specific needs that potential clients require. Although the remit is wide, there is a basic criterion which needs to be provided. We identify these as the following:

1. Levels of one to one support
2. Occupational Therapist involvement
3. An Individual Rehabilitative Programme
4. Support with the moving -in process
5. Support with benefits and paying bills
6. Support with establishing shopping routines
7. Support with medication
8. Support with medical appoints
9. Support with accessing the community

• Providing support
In our experience, we have found that for placements to be successful, the clients need a flexible approach to their support.
We offer a core day support but clients needs may dictate a flexibility in the times that they require support. For instance, a client may need strict support with medication monitoring. We are able to taper our packages to suit the individual clients’ needs. Set packages sometimes leave a client with no support when they need it most. We offer flexibility.

• Levels of one to one support
The clients’ individual needs would dictate the level of one to one support needed. The one to one support would focus on rehabilitative processes with the aim of gaining skills for independence. These skills would include the core skills needed to survive independently, for example cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. The secondary skills would include, learning manage bills, budgeting, learning how to occupy their time, identifying their mental health needs and personal development.

• Occupational Therapist involvement
Our experience in the field of Mental Health shows that having an OT on the staffing team is a vital contribution to the rehabilitative process. All clients would be expected to work with the OT once a week.

• An Individual Rehabilitative Programme
Our ethos is based on the individual’s needs. Our approach is client led and as such an individual plan will be drawn-up for clients in accordance to their written histories, their present needs and their future desires. The plan is done in conjunction with the client.

The Assessment Process

• The first stage of assessment is acquiring a written history of the client.
• Written assessment from the Social Service team
• An ADL Assessment
• A complete Psychiatric History
• Recent risk assessments

We would expect to be able to build-up a picture of the potential client before meeting them. It must be stated that this is only part of the assessment criteria.

The second stage of assessment is the meeting with the Care Co-ordinator.

The third stage of assessment involves meeting the potential client in their current environment.

The fourth stage (if the client is successful) would involve a visit to the premises for the client to decide if he/she would like to live in the environment.