Outlook House

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About the Property

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Outlook House is in the heart of the local community accessible to shops, post office, bus services and primary health care. There are 12 single en-suite rooms for young men and women aged 18 – 25 (occasionally older, dependent upon individual need), ample shared communal areas and a large garden. Students are developing their own vegetable garden as part of the healthy eating objectives. Ms Natasha Colburn, Care Manager, together with her team of Project Workers provide support and guidance encouraging residents to take on the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Service Structure

Resident Individual Plans provide the basis for service delivery and these are monitored closely to ensure their relevance. Life skills reviews occur monthly to ensure Outlook are meeting their brief of skill development. Resident's meetings and committees help encourage resident self advocacy but Outlook also welcome independent advocates to work with them.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide high standard residential accomodation and training
  • To work in partnership with young people
  • To expose residents to the responsibilities of adulthood
  • To encourage residents to express themselves, make informed choices and be supported in those choices
  • To develop social inclusion and community interaction
  • To provide a safe, comfortable environment where residents and workers are expected to treat each other with respect
  • To expand the number of opportunites open to our residents when the have completed tenure
  • To tailor the service, following a person centered approach, to each individual resident, according to their abilities, preferences and needs

Facilities

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Outlook House has the following facilities:

  • Newly built and furnished conservatory and social area.
  • Newly built en-suite shower rooms
  • Individualised programmes of care
  • Guidance to enable residents to achieve optimum potential
  • A wide range of leisure activities accessed both within and outside the house
  • Positive home environment and spacious grounds
  • Life skills programmes to identify skill strengths and to create steps to develop and support areas that are less strong.
  • Educational programmes that include college courses and internal consultancy on literacy, numeracy, home economics and IT. Personal Health and Social Education and ad-hoc educational input for textiles, drama and art.
  • Training related to identified individual need such as personal relationships and community safety
  • Extensive partnerships within the community to enhance integration
  • Partnerships with peer societies and organisations
  • Individual home economics work stations, music room and learning centre

Resident Specification

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Individuals accessing the service will be diagnosed with a developmental or learning disability, defined as 'a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information (intellectual impairment), or to learn new skills, together with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning) which started before adulthood having a lasting effect on personal development'.

Improved or sustained level of independence in core skills within and acceptable level of staff support. Priority core skills are:

  • The ability to get along with others.
  • To be able to follow personal programmes.
  • To be aware of personal hygiene and appearance.
  • Have the ability to keep their accommodation clean and tidy.
  • Be able to participate in chores.
  • Attend college courses and work placements, etc.

Improvement and Achievement in the following areas, with an acceptable level of Outlook staff support:

  • Effective emotional and behavioural maturity
  • Personal perception of independence and participation with learning and skills development
  • Personal independence in tasks and responsibilities, even if unable to express this
  • Ensure skills learnt or developed are maintained
  • Effective establishment of routines and ability to change or transfer these skills

Where it is not possible to meet resident's requirements, it will be discussed with the resident, social services care manager and families. Using the Resident's Individual Plan, measures will be agreed to address any issues.

Location

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Outlook House
Redhill Dr
Brighton
Sussex
BN1 5FL