It is estimated that there are around 1.5 million people with a learning disability currently living in the UK. Many of them will be living at home, receiving care and support from family members who are their primary carers. Francis House Homecare offers a range of services designed to support them, and their families.
The learning disability care we offer in Milton Keynes is bespoke to individual client’s needs. We are committed to treating the individual, rather than their symptoms. For this reason, all our care packages are created in collaboration with clients and their carer/s.
Our aim is to support our clients to live their lives as independently as possible, in an environment that helps them to do that. For many people, that environment is their own home. Our home-based learning disability care in Milton Keynes provides support by offering hourly-based services. These include light household tasks, therapeutic engagement, accompaniment to work placement, educational course or social events, medication management.
Hourly visits can be scheduled weekly or daily and are delivered by trained care workers.
A live-in carer, as the title suggests, has a room in their client’s house, and is able to offer personal care, carry out household tasks and provide companionship throughout the day. They are a familiar and reliable presence who will maintain household routines within the home environment.
Live-in care can be used for periods of respite in which family carers take a break, or as a long-term strategy. Francis House takes care to match live-in carers with the profile of their clients, and they are introduced slowly in order to become a trusted member of the household.
Where clients require stable, secure housing and a medium level of community support, Francis House can provide semi-independent supported accommodation. Care is delivered by Francis House staff, in accordance with their care package.
Some of our residents living in supported accommodation, have a history of challenging behaviour. Our care staff have specialist skills when it comes to supporting residents to socialise and engage with the community safely.
Francis House Homecare specialises in supporting people with learning difficulties, Down’s Syndrome, autism, and Asperger’s Syndrome.
For those with challenging behaviour, we can provide 24 hour support to enable them to live in their own home in the community - instead of expensive inpatient and specialist care
Support with medication management including dealing with side-effects
Monitoring of service users' mental health or other conditions, and help to manage symptoms
Effective management of the negative and positive symptoms associated with psychosis, such as self-neglect, an inability to self- motivate, self-isolation paranoid ideation, persecutory thoughts and anti-social behaviour
Support from specialist rehabilitation workers to assess functions and promote skills acquisition, for example, employment-seeking skills
Deep cleaning sessions to enable individuals to live well or move back home from hospital
Respite – We can provide as little as half an hour to enable carers to take a break
Assessing and managing risk across all areas including environmental
Assistance with personal care such as dressing, bathing and eating
Support with social activities and companionship such as attending clubs and meetings
Support with accessing community resources and services such as a GP
Support with practical activities including paying bills and preparing and cooking meals
The Care Quality Commission recognises Francis House Homecare to be a provider that offers consistently good service to clients. We understand the responsibilities associated with working alongside people with learning difficulties, and we take pride in the level of care we provide.
Every Francis House care worker completes mandatory training when they begin work with us. Subsequently they are mandated to complete a supplementary training course each year. We provide specialist training in a number of areas, including Positive Behaviour Planning, PEG feeding, autism, stoma care, dementia, and managing challenging behaviour.