Lodge Group Care has its own residential children’s home, Cameron House Children’s Home, from which children often transition into one of our adult services. This is how the transition process works, although relating specifically to our internal transitions, this plan will also apply to new referrals coming into Lodge Group directly for adult services, typically Supported Living.
Children’s Transition Plan at Lodge Group Care
At Lodge Group Care our service users follow a Transition Plan that takes them from childhood to adulthood.
Once a child reaches 18, they have the option to transfer to one of our adult services that best fits their needs. Our adult services include Supported Living Services or Residential Care for Adults with Autism and Learning Disabilities. The best part about our transition process is that some of our staff members work in both children and adult services, making the new environment familiar to our service users.
The staff at our Children’s Home know our young people very well. They plan the transition over time to make sure this process meets the young persons needs and it’s paced to the level of understanding and support they require. Transition should be an ongoing process rather than a single event and should be tailored to suit the child’s needs. Staff from both services will meet regularly and the young person will start visiting the new service to develop relationships with the existing group of young people and the staff team.
Until the age of 18 our young people are under the care of the social services they belong to. Between the ages of 16 and 18, the child will start a ‘transition’ in different services such as:
- Health and Social Care
The local authority may also combine a transition assessment with our own assessment. Transition assessments could also potentially become part of a young person’s education, health and care plan. This will help the young person, advocate and parents to understand what care and support they are eligible for when they turn 18.
The social services assessment should provide advice and information about what can be done to meet or reduce the person’s needs, as well as what they can do to stay well, and prevent or delay the development of needs. It will help the young person and parents to plan ahead. There is no set age that the young person has to be assessed at, as the best time to plan the move to adult services will be different for each person.
Our transition plan is a living document as we consider every person to be different and circumstances can change overtime. The document will contain all personal details of our service user and explain the process to be carried out.
We recommend over a period of a year to work on the transition programme to establish relationships and for the young person with Learning Disabilities/Autism to understand what is happening.The visits to the new placement agreed as an adult would start monthly and gradually increasing to the point that the young person will be spending equal time in both places. This journey concludes with decorating their own bedroom, sleeping and spending more and more time in their home. At the end of this transition period, they are encouraged to say good bye to their old home. During this process a social story book would be designed where the key worker is able to explain and support the young person and reduce understandable anxieties attached to the move.
The transition plan is a document where everybody involved in the young person’s life should participate to make it very detailed and to ensure positive outcomes. We want to ensure a successful transition and a wonderful adult life where the young person can enjoy a healthy lifestyle full of opportunities. Parents and advocates are always involved in what they want for the loved ones.
Our transition plan document includes information such as:
- challenging behaviour with staff and other services users
- independent living skills
- communication skills
- what the young person likes
- what the young person dislikes
- behaviour management strategies
- sensory issues and ways to deal with them
- community approach
- future goals for the young person
For more information on any of our services please contact our friendly team. We offer care for adults and children with learning disabilities in London and Essex.
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