HRH The Prince of Wales visited the home of people with learning disabilities in Poundbury today and heard how a personal approach to their support is making a difference to their quality of life.
The Prince met staff and residents at their home, Cambridge Court, where not-for-profit social care provider Dimensions provides support to several people with learning disabilities.
HRH Prince Charles discussed the support needs and ambitions of people supported by Dimensions at the property, which is operated by East Boro Housing Trust. He heard how they and their families are involved in the design and delivery of their support and how a tailored approach has helped improve people’s wellbeing.
During his visit The Prince met residents Colin, Nina, Ria, Faye, Adam and Andrew. Colin said: “I really enjoyed welcoming Prince Charles to my home and where I live.”
His support manager at Dimensions, Leanne Badder, explained: “It is fantastic for Colin to say this – he has previously only called his parent’s house a home and is now saying that Cambridge Court is his home.
“We were delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to Cambridge Court and share the stories of the people we support. For most people, this is their first time living in their own flat; previously they have either lived with their parents or in residential care settings. The people we support and their families have been fully involved in choosing their support team and every person has their own support plan tailored to their needs and wishes.
“Families have been overwhelmed by the improvement in the quality of life of their loved ones such as improved communication, health and greater community inclusion. These positive outcomes can largely be attributed to helping people to have choice and control over their support, ensuring that support is personalised and enables them to live in their own home, which creates a sense of independence.”
Both Nina and Ria moved into Cambridge Court from living with their parents. Nina, who is 21, has the neurological disorder Rett syndrome and is non-verbal but communicates using her eyes and body language. Nina attends a local day-centre and is supported to access her local community. Ria, who is 28 and has cerebral palsy and a learning disability, attends the day centre as well but also enjoys her work experience teaching art to children at a local school.”
Steve Scown, Dimensions Chief Executive Officer, who was also present at the visit, added: “Just because someone has complex needs or requires 24-hour support does not have to mean they cannot enjoy the same rights and life experiences that many of us take for granted – such as living in our own home and being able to participate in the local community.
“The people at Cambridge Court are an example of what can be achieved when social care, healthcare and housing partners come together with families and people requiring care to support them in a positive and proactive way.”
Dimensions is a specialist not-for-profit provider of support for people with learning disabilities and autism. It supports more than 3,000 people across England and Wales. For more information visit www.dimensions-uk.org