Eliminating Overcrowding Issues
Many people with learning disabilities and especially those with autism, struggle to live successfully in environments that are too busy, very noisy and therefore over stimulating. Some elements of their behaviour can be directly related to these “avoidable” factors.
By only offering small services, anything from a single-person service to a 3-person service, we are able to limit this type of behaviour while at the same time being in a far better position, because of the lack of “white noise” data or potential “red herrings” present in larger services, to accurately identify the function of any behaviour. At the same time, we are convinced that the care and support people receive/experience in a small service is likely to be more personal and unique to the individual as well as being delivered by a more familiar and knowledgeable support team.
Small services tend to be located in ordinary housing. These normative, everyday environments provide far more opportunities for people to experience and develop independence while also removing the stigma associated with living in a large care home.