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Set within seven acres of idyllic gardens, Abelands is a residential care home registered to provide support and accommodation for up to nine individuals with learning disabilities, complex needs, autism, sensory impairment or mental health conditions.

The service offers person-centred provision for adults that require a degree of support for all aspects of their lives. The team at Abelands aspire to be recognised as leaders in delivering unique service provision that recognises the individual first and foremost.

The Ark Project established Abelands in response to an identified need within the learning disability community to accommodate individuals with highly complex needs and levels of behaviour that could potentially lead to restrictions in their lives.

Ultimately, Abelands aims to ensure that through high quality accommodation and support, the service can meet the needs of individuals who otherwise would be housed in assessment and treatment centres.

Abelands have a strong and positive track record of working closely with multi-disciplinary teams to understand the causes of the motivations behind behaviours that can be problematic, striving for a reduction in incidents and supporting people to re-integrate into society rather than living in isolation.

As an organisation, the Ark Project has been proactive in using Team Teach, and following their ethos of "positive handling", which encompasses a broad spectrum of risk reduction strategies. This approach is entirely holistic and involves management of the environment, policy, guidance, personal behaviour, diversion, diffusion and de-escalation in order to manage risky behaviours, rather than focusing on restraint as a primary means of behaviour management.
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Abelands works in partnership with a variety of professionals, and regularly examine incident reports, risk assessments and behaviours to effectively manage behaviours whilst not isolating anyone from their local community.

As a team, we have sound values and principals in the way we run our service. Central to what we do is our belief that the people we support deserve compassion, and that their rights and dignity are of paramount importance. We seek to provide good quality care and support which promotes a way of life that empowers people to live their lives to the fullest.

Service records are only shared with those with a legitimate reason to know the content. The right to dignity involves recognising the intrinsic value of people as individuals and the specific nature of each person's particular needs.

Quality Assurance

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We regularly seek feedback on our services from all key stakeholders. This includes the people that use our services, their families, our staff, care managers and commissioners.

Our Quality Assurance system is based upon the 5 Key Lines of Enquiry, however we welcome views and opinions on any element of what we do.

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