Care & Support

Support in the community

Thera Trust provide support at home, at work and in the community for adults with a learning disability.        They charge for their services, though they also explain how a Personal Budget from the local authority might make Thera an option.         Their nearest office is in Swingbridge Road, Grantham.        For more about Thera click icon on the left.        See also Adult social care above.

Also, the National Autistic Society has a page about Brain in Hand offers access to personalised support from an app on your phone.         It has features to help you remember activities, reduce anxiety and feel supported.         For more about the app click icon on the right.        (new)

Adult social care

Click icon on the left for the Adult care services pages on Lincolnshire County Council website.        It includes a page on Adult care assessment, personal budgets and more.        See also Money under Benefits & care.

Click icon on the right for a list of pages about Adult social care in Lincolnshire Family Services Directory.        You may be able to narrow down the search using fields along top and down left hand margin.

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This page is about care and support for adults on the spectrum in the general Grantham area.        For care & support for adults in the wider area see:  Activities       Specialist services       See also Money.

Love, sex & relationships

Brandon Trust supports people with learning disability in other parts of the country.       They have developed new policy, guidance, and training around relationships, sex, and sexuality.       Click icon to read about it.        It might be worth a look for anyone interested in the issues.

Thera Trust provides services in the Grantham area – scroll up to Support in the community to find out about Thera.        They have a page called Making friendships.       They can act as facilitators for their service users.

NHS services

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers a range of services to support adults with learning disabilities in the community.         These services are specifically geared up for adults whose learning disability prevents them from accessing mainstream services.         Click icon for details.        See links to specific services at the bottom of the page.

Lincolnshire NHS website also has some handy links:  Learning disabilities servieces         Access –  for mental health & learning disability services.        Advice & liason

Life-long care

Here is a guide to securing life-long accommodations for adult children with special needs from a blogger in the USA.             If offers general guidance.

Residential care

  • A new specialist residential care home for adults in Dorrington, near Sleaford, was built by a family firm set up in response to their own experiences.                 It is called The Reeds opened in September 2016.                See:  news          Home From Home.
  • Autism Care provides residential settings for adults.           They offer two types of service, supported living and outreach.           Their nearest setting to Grantham is Heath Farm in the village of Scopwick, between Lincoln and Sleaford.            It has several small units, which enables them to cater for a range of needs on the spectrum.             See the Heath Farm brochure.
  • The Shires runs two small residential settings for adults with autism and learning difficulties, called Milfield House in Colsterworth and Stowe Court in Stretton, further south along the A1 – see the Shires brochure.

Community based support

Adults Supporting Adults (ASA) offer paid-for support, open to autistic clients.        Click icon to browse their website.

  • Day Time Provision 1 to 1 support in the community with focus on maintaining and developing independence and social skills.
    Look for Sit2Gether and Shop2Gether on website coloured side bar.
  • Extended Stay the client is carefully matched to live with a family and share their home and community life.
  • Respite Resource – a short break with a carefully matched family.

Circles of support

The service will help you plan for the future.      They can help you and your family to look at who is there to support you to achieve your plan.       They can help you to plan how you would attend an activity for example or how you could have more opportunities to see your friends.         A Lincolnshire service.         Click page icon for more information or image preview.

Autism sign language

An autism mum has created a Facebook blog about her stories and method, supporting her non-verbal son.          Click icon to browse.            See also:  How it began          Speech and language

Professional obligation

The NHS has produced a helpsheet for making decisions about healthcare treatment.        Click icon to view.

Special clothing

Adults with autism often have sensory issues.    They may be fussy about the clothes they wear, for example.     Hear is a list of some of the suppliers of specialist clothing .

Some people with autism may engage in fecal smearing.      Click on this  forum  to see whether mothers’ experience with children helps.        Hear is a list of some of the supplier sites of specialist body suits.

Toileting

Bladder and Bowel is a UK Disability Living support group for promoting continence and product awareness.         Their helpline is  0161 607 8219, a Manchester number.         Click also for email address.

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