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Established 1987

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Learning Disability Care with Christies Care

For over twenty years, Christies Care has been providing learning disability care and support.

Having a live-in carer enables people with a learning difficulty to live full, independent and productive lives.

Rather than living in an institution, our clients get all the care and support they need from their regular teams of live-in carers in their own home.

We know that for live-in learning disability care to work well, the carers have to be well trained.

This is why we have invested heavily in training carers to work with clients with a learning disability.

The training is led by our dedicated learning disabilities coordinator, Ian Hart, who helped us become a BILD satellite centre.

We work very closely with all our clients’ family, friends and others to make sure that the carers have the right personalities to ‘fit’ our clients and will carry out the tasks the client wants or needs.

Sara’s and Neil’s stories below (they have had Christies Care’s live-in carers supporting them since 1997 and 2008 respectively) show how successful live-in care can be for our clients with a learning disability.

To give our clients as much control as possible over their lives, we have developed ‘easy-read’ picture based guides called “All About Me” to reflect our clients’ wants and needs. These are made by our clients (with support from carers and family where necessary) and are easily amended if the client wants to change them.

Following the Death by Indifference report into the medical treatment of people with a learning disability, all of Christies Care’s clients with a learning disability have an up-to-date hospital passport. This is a guide (created by our client, with their carer’s support) to the client’s life – in so far as it will affect their treatment in hospital. It tells medical staff how to avoid distressing their patient, what their likes and dislikes are, as well as containing any important medical information.

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Learning Disabilities Care: Neil’s story

Neil has Down’s Syndrome and is 55. Before Neil became our client, he had lived with his mother all his life. Eventually, she developed Alzheimer’s disease and this got so bad that she had to go to a nursing home. Neil wanted to carry on living in the house he grew up in, so he had carers from Christies Care. We soon learned that he had very few life skills, and very little independence, because his mother had done absolutely everything for him.

Neil’s regular team of carers worked very closely with his social worker, his psychologist, his support worker and the team at his local Mencap to teach him life skills, enabling him to be more independent.

In three years, Neil’s progress has been remarkable. He is learning to cook and his biggest achievement is that he now goes out, alone, on the Underground, whenever he wants, without getting lost.

Neil has direct payments and a support worker visits once a week to check his bills. Currently his care costs are £940 a week.

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Learning Disabilities Care: Sara’s story

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Sara’s story is typical. Helen (Sara’s sister), knew that Sara didn’t want to live in an institution, or in ‘group housing’ – especially somewhere far away from her family. Sara should be able to live near her family, in her own home. Sara needs 24 hour care and because she cannot communicate verbally, needs her carers to know her, to know how to interpret her non-verbal signals. Sara now lives about a mile or so from her sister. She has her own house and every weekday goes out to the day centre – where the staff know her well, can support her, and she can learn and enjoy herself.

Her care comes from a regular team of Christies Carers who she and her sister Helen, know and like. Sara’s care is commissioned by a local authority and our care cost is £770 a week.

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