As your child grows, their disability care needs develop. Specialist residential care is closer than you think.

Mo, Care 7 Support Contracts Manager for several Hightown care homes, explains how small residential care homes can offer a reassuring alternative when carers start to struggle.

For those looking after a disabled family member, peace of mind comes with knowing that dedicated care and support is available for when your child reaches adulthood.

Caring for someone with profound disabilities - whether that is physical or learning – can become increasingly challenging over time. Their needs change as they develop, and many carers find that additional help is a necessity after a certain point.

Those working in the care sector often find that parents and carers are not aware of the support options available. However, as carer, it can be difficult to welcome additional help. 

“When a parent or carer has looked after someone at home it is always going to be an emotional, difficult decision to accept that they need specialist help going forward,” says Mo Ncube , Contracts Manager for Old Barn Close, a residential home for those with learning and physical difficulties.

Where care involves physical lifting, for instance, many caregivers have to accept that they simply can’t manage any more, particularly as they get older themselves. Or it could simply be that the needs of the person are changing and moving into a care environment will suit them better.

Mo, Manager

 “We manage this process very carefully. We start by visiting the individual in their current home, assessing their needs. It is about getting to know them and the individual, and their families, getting to know us.

“The transition is much more gradual than people think: individuals and their families will often visit our home multiple times, sometimes staying for a weekend, before they move in permanently. It’s all about getting the right fit.”

After this, visits from family are encouraged and Mo’s team prides themselves on managing a care home with a real family feel.

The sister of one Old Barn Close resident said, “Staff are caring towards both residents and their families. Residents are encouraged to join in with as many activities as they can and you can see the look of pleasure on their faces when they do so!”

Old Barn Close is located in Gawcott, near Buckingham, and is part of Hightown Support - the supported housing arm of Hightown that manages over 60 services for adults with learning disabilities. Their homes have won awards and have good ratings with care regulators and inspectors.

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“It’s important at what can be a difficult time, that disabled people and their carers get the support they need to find the right care, understand what is available to them and how they can access it,” says Mo. 

“We’re here to help and advise not only on the facilities available at Old Barn Close, but also on the resources available to help facilitate a move into residential care, how to explore funding options and how to find the right type of support.

For further details about residential care services or supported living schemes, search here or call 01442 292300.