Merlewood House, Lancashire, is a specialist residential service for autistic adults and additional learning disabilities or other complex needs. The people who live here receive expert support from our staff to enable them to live fulfilling lives, to learn, to belong to their local community and to have fun.
Residents: Four, ages 40-49
At the front of large park-lands
Three wet-rooms, including a bathroom and shower room upstairs and toilet downstairs
Communal lounge with conservatory
Secluded garden including a BBQ and seating area
Transport links: bus stop down the road, train station a bus ride away
Since joining our residential service Jacob has begun communicating with staff and family.
Everyone who lives at Hoylands House has a wide range of opportunities available to them which help them to develop new skills and maintain current ones. There are opportunities for the adults we support to participate in enterprise activities through our workshop and innovative on-site shop. Staff are highly creative in helping people discover their interests and turn them into meaningful activities, presenting them with as many opportunities as possible so they find something they really enjoy.
For example, one young man liked to shred paper. Rather than discouraging him, staff saw an opportunity for a joint project: the young man shreds paper, and another person who loves the sensory experience of water mashes and turns the paper into firebricks to sell in the Hoylands House shop.
These personally tailored enterprise activities are excellent for developing confidence, independence and purpose. We encourage people to develop their skills by taking an active part in everyday tasks such as cooking, washing, shopping, and developing their socialising skills by sharing activities with others. Activities include local trips to the zoo, cinema, library, bowling alley and climbing centre as well as short holidays.
“ We observed very sensitive and respectful interactions between people who used the service and staff. Staff showed understanding and consideration, when responding to people's support and care needs.”
Current residents are aged between 40-49 years old and are mostly non-verbal with additional learning disabilities. The placements would be most suitable for males as all other residents are male.
The service has experience of supporting additional health needs.
Refer an autistic adult to our services
Admission criteria includes: over 18 years of age, a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, and appropriate funding in place