A delightful 12 bed home with full disability access ideally situated on the London-Kent border, The Drive offers industry leading residential care services for adults aged 18-65 with learning difficulties and associated complex needs. This may include mobility issues, needs arising from sensory deprivation, communication needs and associated health needs i.e. epilepsy. Residents at The Drive benefit from our creative solutions to their needs and a care plan tailor-made to their individual needs and preferences.
The Drive provides a safe, stable environment for service users to develop and thrive. We primarily focus on the emotional and physical wellbeing of service users, whilst simultaneously addressing issues of socialisation and normalisation. Our highly trained care staff offer 24-hour care and are able to develop positive relationships with service users. We believe that these relationships are pivotal in enabling service users to develop self-awareness, self-confidence and the ability to make choices and develop their social skills.
Only says really nice positive things about the home
We are really pleased with how well the staff handle S, especially when she is challenging.
We would like you to know how much we appreciate all you do for S and we support you. S only says really nice positive things about the home.
Smiling and laughing, I’ve never seen him so happy
I am TB’s sister and am delighted with his care. He is smiling and laughing, I’ve never seen him so happy. Thank you for your care.
Driving for excellent accommodations
We believe that a service users’ environment is a key factor in their personal development, so we have worked to ensure that residents of The Drive can benefit from outstanding facilities. The home is comprised of 12 single en-suite bedrooms, which are complemented by the spacious reception rooms, kitchen and dining facilities within the home. Residents are also able to enjoy access to the home’s half-acre gardens, providing an ideal area for them to relax in peace.
The importance of a healthy diet cannot be underestimated, and with this in mind we are able to offer comprehensive catering services to all service users. We aim to provide all service users with the right amount of nutrients whilst ensuring that individual tastes and preferences are accommodated. Our care staff have all completed Food Hygiene Training and actively encourage service users to be a part of the meal planning preparation process should the Individual’s’ care plan allow for this, demonstrating the person-centred approach to care we have practised for over 20 years. We also recognise the importance of catering when celebrating special events. Due to this, we are able to accommodate special meal requests to help service users celebrate special occasions.
The excellent physical surroundings and facilities, combined with a dedicated staff team reflect our commitment to enabling adults with learning disabilities to maximise independence, however challenging their behaviour.
Driving development through opportunity
Our team of care staff recognise that service user development is highly driven by the opportunities service users have to develop their skills and abilities both within the home and within the wider community. Individual care plans are developed in conjunction with an appointed key-worker to ensure residents are fully able to capitalise on the opportunities available to them. Within the home, care staff are able to assist with all aspects of personal care as required, and service users are encouraged to take an active role in choices relating to their personal care. We are also able to offer same gender personal care if required.
Outside of the home, we are able to offer service users a wide range of activities to choose from. Our aim is to provide opportunities that provide the highest level of enjoyment for service users, whilst also considering their preferences and abilities. Examples of options available for service users to choose from include attending day centres and local adult education courses, along with life-skills, training opportunities and health care needs. We believe that the development of life skills, such as shopping, cooking and cleaning, are an essential part of an individual’s responsibility to themselves and their housemates.
The Drive has 12 available places for both male and female adults, however we are unable to offer services to those requiring nursing care. We will work with in partnership with families and placing authorities to identify and meet needs. Every service user will have an individual care plan developed for them along with a package of activities tailored to individual ability and preferences.
Based on our assessment, we will access relevant support services based on assessment or according to ongoing and developing needs. Arrangements and funding for these will be discussed on an individual basis with the placing authority. Please contact our referrals team on 0800 7833 779, or complete our enquiry form to learn more about availability at The Drive.