Tom’s Success Story – Beech Court
From his first holiday experience, to developing greater independence…
Tom, aged 30, an individual with a learning disability and classic autism, has been living at Beech Court for the last nine years.
Beech Court is a homely residential service close to Ashurst, near Southampton, comprising of six self-contained flats that provides support and accommodation for individuals with learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues and complex needs.
For individuals with complex needs, having their own self-contained flat means they have the space they need and environmental triggers such as noise and people, can be controlled and minimised; while living within a residential setting, provides them with the security and stability of having the support team always to hand.
At Beech Court, there are strong person-centred values with individuals placed at the heart of everything they do. The team also work closely with Behavioural Practitioner, Jenny Hamilton, from Consensus’ Positive Behaviour Intervention Team.
Jackie, Beech Court’s Team Coordinator, trained by Consensus to support the PBS process, gathers critical data and helps to analyse what approaches are working or not working; this in turn helps Jenny plan and implement Positive Behaviour Strategies that help individuals to minimise any anxiety and behaviours and increase their quality of life.
Since Tom moved into the service, the team have involved him in planning his support and have focused on helping him to achieve greater independence and a sense of wellbeing, including supporting him to take part in a wide range of activities that provide stimulation, entertainment and socialisation.