Expansion of specialist day care service for young adults

26 July 2021

A unique community service for adults with sensory impairment and complex needs is preparing to double its capacity in the coming months. 

WESC Foundation’s adult day service currently supports seven adults in their 20s and 30s who have vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment. Some have significant support needs (including profound physical and cognitive disability), whilst others have greater independence.  

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WESC Foundation provides the staff and facilities to support a wide range of complex healthcare needs, as well as offering valuable social contact and a peer group for the people who use the service. They get to choose what they do with their day, and although there are quite spaces for sitting down and chatting with their friends, most days are full with the activities they want to do. Everything from cooking and crafts to horticulture and radio broadcasting are on offer. 

Access to specialist therapy, mobility and vision impairment support

Many of them still live at home with their families, with a parent often acting as their main carer. Coming to the centre means a welcome break for these family-carers, and can often mean the difference between someone living with their family or moving into full-time residential care. They are also able to access wider therapy, mobility and vision impairment support from the wider WESC Foundation team. 

Shelley Mathews, Community Services Manager at WESC Foundation, said:  

“It’s so important that these young people have somewhere to go where they can meet friends, and really feel part of a community whey they are in control of what they do on a daily basis”.  

“We offer the same level of professional care that you might find in a residential home, but deliver it in a way that allows the people who use this service to live with their family”. 

Marc Phillips, Director of Care and Support Services at WESC Foundation, said: 

“Families often have to decide between being the full-time carer for their loved one, or making the decision to support their transition into a residential care home.” 

“Our approach means that we can provide specialist care on up to five days a week, whilst also offering a place to come and enjoy a stimulating programme of activities that they get to choose for themselves.” 

There is a limited number of places available now, with the additional capacity due to open in September. For more information about assessments and placements please call Shelley Mathews on 01392 454313. 

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