Glen Care is opening a new Residential Care Service with Nursing for men with learning disabilities, complex needs and impulsive behaviour at the Langford Centre in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Highwoods is a specialist service for men with learning disabilities who have a history of poor response to treatment, mental health problems, substance misuse, impulsive and aggressive behaviour and complex needs.
While Glen Care already specialises in personalised care and support that is proactive, carefully planned, co-ordinated and offers its service users choice and control with the aim of enabling them to gain greater independence, the new service will embrace the latest principles of care as set out by NHS England, Local Government Association and Directors of ADASS Adult Social Service.
Highwoods will provide person-centred care for individuals stepping down from hospital whose needs cannot be met in standard residential or nursing care services. It will also accept men who may have been living in other community-based services but are experiencing deterioration in their condition. The service aims to prevent hospitalisation in these cases.
The new service will be clinically led with a specialist team that is designed to maximise the chances of a successful outcome for service users. The professional, multi-disciplinary team includes a consultant forensic psychiatrist, a consultant psychiatrist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, consultant psychologist, specialist learning disability nurses and a social worker dedicated to effective advocacy, reintegration into the community and maximising family involvement for the residents.
Bradley Phillips, commercial director at Glen Care, said: Glen Care has made a strategic decision to invest in community residential services to manage individuals with more challenging and complex behaviours.
“The sector is evolving and it is important that providers can move forward and react to the needs of service users and commissioners who demand safe, caring and cost-effective services.
“Highwoods is aimed at bridging the gap between general community care and specialised hospital care for individuals who have complex and multi-faceted needs. The intention is to either prevent the need for hospital treatment or to enable an early discharge.
“The clinical team will regularly and proactively review the service users to avert crises arising and the team is specialised in the management of difficult behaviours to successfully prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.”