Helping people reach their full potential

October 25, 2017

De Parys a seven-bedded, three storey house that supports five wonderful gentlemen.

The team based at De Parys provide support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs and all those supported have happily learnt to respect and accept each other’s differences.

The people we support are very much involved in what’s happening in their lives and in their house.

They have a supported individual meeting every month where they choose the menu, the next month’s activities and they also discuss some decisions regarding the house. The choices they make regarding the meals and the activities are followed up by the support team and their preferences are all taken into account when making any decisions about the home.

Support is provided with daily living skills such as cooking and cleaning to help develop greater confidence and also to participate in the running of the home, having their own areas of responsibility. They are encouraged and supported to participate in the recruitment process by helping the manager in the interview process.

They have become a reasonably independent group with the ability to make decisions about their lives. Two individuals have recently enjoyed a day out to Great Yarmouth and they loved it. On the Great Yarmouth pier, one even participated in the Camel Race, something he enjoyed immensely.

Last week, three of the men went to Milton Keynes to enjoy a ten pin bowling session followed by a meal at McDonald’s. One gentleman in the party was extremely pleased, as he achieved five strikes.

Support is tailored to specific needs, goals and aspirations so each individual can live a meaningful life with opportunities and choices. Their person centred support plans are regularly updated as needs change or goals are achieved and people are always encouraged to try new activities of interest.

Being very close to Bedford Town Centre, supported individuals enjoy active social lives and are very involved with the local community and its leisure facilities. Some people enjoy voluntary and paid work opportunities or attend local college courses to learn additional vocational skills.

The focus is on helping those who live at De Parys to become more independent and reach their full potential at their own pace.

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