New projects within adults with learning disabilities have focused on four main areas of development, with a particular focus on supporting adults with the most complex needs to remain closer to home and within their own communities. These are: Supported accommodation, development of bespoke respite provision, enhanced day opportunities, and establishing new and sustainable ways of supporting individuals who do not need statutory intervention.
Supported Accommodation for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs
The Supported Accommodation service provides a multiagency approach to assessing young adults with the most complex needs. This service undertakes comprehensive assessments to identify a person’s needs, and supports them to be able to live in suitable accommodation as independently as possible. As a result, young adults have been able to live close to their families and existing networks. Previously, this group of individuals have accessed residential support out of their local area, either as an interim measure until suitable supported accommodation is found, or on a longer term basis.
Bespoke Respite for Adults with Learning Disabilities
The Bespoke Respite pilot has been established to regionalise a respite approach and offer across Cardiff and the Vale equitable access to respite that is tailored to meet individual needs. The vision for this pilot is to have a menu of options for respite, to include overnight respite within a residential respite service, a range of adult placement schemes, direct payments and access to a range of day opportunities (see below). Currently, residential respite services across Cardiff and the Vale struggle to meet the needs of those with complex needs due to a lack of fully accessible provision. Similarly, there are a number of people who access residential respite who could access their respite via Adult Placement or Direct Payments.
Enhanced Day Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs
Day opportunities are provided across Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan for adults with learning disabilities. Over recent years, Cardiff and the Vale’s internal day provision has focused on meeting the outcomes and needs of people with complex health and social care needs. Due to increased demand, on occasion, this has not be possible, and out of county placements have had to be made.
Supporting those with more complex needs has been achieved by supporting additional day care staff within Cardiff to increase capacity of the service, and accessing training for staff members to build on their skills. Having the opportunity to acquire additional resources, such as IT equipment, craft materials and to purchase sessions from tutors to support enrichment activities, has enabled the day opportunities services to be able to meet the needs of those individuals with varying degrees of needs both on site and within the communities. Specialist equipment has been secured in both authorities, which has enabled some adults with more complex needs to access the service.
Learning Disability Enablement Project
This project continues the work of the previous Welsh Government funded Regional Collaboration Fund. It provides a review function within social services to support adults with learning disabilities and complex needs to access packages of care, which are proportionate to their needs and closer to their homes than earlier provisions may have been. This is a regional service offering an aligned approach across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Refer to the Regional Partnership Board’s Annual Report to find out more about the work we have done over the last year.