Located in a busy suburban area which fantastic access to local facilities, Long House is a delightful 3 bedroom home offering care services for children over 6 years old who have been identified as having either mild, moderate or severe learning disabilities who may also have physical problems and associated complex care needs. This may include mobility issues, needs arising from sensory deprivation, communication needs and associated health needs i.e. epilepsy. Long House offers a home that values young people regardless of their disability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. As such, qualities such as tolerance and acceptance are the driving force behind our work at the home.
We believe that young people grow and flourish as a direct consequence of good parenting and by being involved in the daily decisions of the family group. As a consequence of this, we believe our home will be able to provide service users with quality individual time, the development of meaningful relationships with keyworkers and development of qualities such as tolerance and acceptance others by living as part of a group. Our ultimate aim is to provide young people with the skills necessary to successfully transition into adulthood. Despite being our newest home, Long House shares the core values and attitudes to care that have driven The Drive Care Homes forward for over 20 years.
I very pleased with the home and the support
I very pleased with the home and the support they have given my son. I have nothing but praise for the home and feel that my son has improved in relation to social and interactive skills.
Thank you so much for supporting my son
Thank you so much for supporting my son and helping him to achieve so much. My son will miss the home.
Driving for excellent accommodations
During the initial planning stages for Long House, we realised the importance of good accessibility, as this so often represents a challenge for people with disabilities. This is why we are so proud to have Long House situated in a busy suburban area with good access to public transport facilities, including busses and trains into London, as well as local facilities, which include;
- Shopping Centre
- Health Clinic
The home has 3 single occupancy rooms, and the home enjoys a warm and homely feel due to the generous furnishings around the home, with specialist equipment being stored away when not in use to create a more homely environment for the young people. In order to create a more personal connection between the service user and the home, we are able to accommodate the views and preferences of a young person who moves in order to decorate the room and create a space they can call their own.
The importance of good nutrition can never be underestimated, and we believe this is especially relevant when caring for children and young adults. We encourage children and the staff who support them to enjoy mealtimes and to eat well prepared and nutritious and well cooked food, and to see mealtimes as opportunities for people to enjoy themselves and give time and space to talk about news, events and the day’s activities. To equip the children with the skills needed for adulthood, they are given the chance to learn skills associated with food preparation and presentation. Children will also be supported to incorporate both foods from their own cultures and foods from other cultures into their diet.
Our care staff are all highly trained in the area of food preparation and planning, with all staff members holding an QCF level education in this area as well as completing Food Hygiene training. By investing in staff training, we are able to ensure the highest quality practices are upheld in the home, including the understanding of service user choice and the recording of information relating to nutritional requirements for children who may have such needs.
Driving development through opportunity
The principle of service user choice is a core value that drives all employees at The Drive Care Homes, and so every effort is made to ensure that the care team at Long House are aware of the individual preferences of each service user at the home. Given the varying complexity of needs of individuals, our care staff are able to utilise innovative and creative methods to gain an understanding of what activities children like to partake in. Our staff are also able to support children to try new activities, as we believe this is the best way to determine if the child enjoys the activity. The home is able to offer a wide range of both in-house and external activities, which include;
- Playtime – using toys, books, painting and other tools.
- The opportunity to assist with domestic chores such as cookery and housework.
- Computer use for both educational and leisure purposes.
- Cinema trips
- Shopping trips
- Park visits
- Visits to zoos and the coast
The attitude underpinning our approach to service user activities is that we believe that children in our care should be offered the same opportunities to experience different activities, hobbies and experiences as we would offer our own children.
Long House has 3 available places for children who have been identified as having mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties with associated complex needs. Such needs may include;
- Physical disabilities
- Speech and language difficulties
- Sensory impairments
- Autistic spectrum disorder
We would also be willing to consider accommodating a young person who, in addition to a learning disability, has also had negative experiences in their past, for example ‘abuse’. However, our care team have not received the same industry leading training in this area, and so the help of external specialists would be used in such a scenario so that we can determine if we will be able to meet the needs of the child. Please contact our referrals team on 0800 7833 779, or complete our enquiry form to learn more about availability at Swanley House.