Acorn Park Adult Services opened in 2008 as a care home for adults aged 18 – 65 with an autistic spectrum condition, associated social communication difficulties and complex needs. We offer a 52 week a year placement.
The emphasis at Acorn Park Adult Services is placed on developing and maintaining independence skills, supporting community inclusion and gaining life skills whilst recognising individual strengths and celebrating successes.
Our aim is to further develop the independence of our residents through an environment that is nurturing, secure and consistent. We place emphasis on positive relationships between residents and staff so that each resident is highly involved with their care package and has a firm circle of support to succeed.
Communication is a highly important skill, staff support each resident to use the Picture Exchange Communication System, evaluating their ability and exploring options within this system.
Makaton and Intensive Interaction are also used throughout the service in order to engage and develop relationships, offer choice in a controlled and holistic manner and promote independence.
Staff work with each resident to create Person Centered Plans and goals, mark progress and evaluate where more support may be required, seeing the positive and celebrating each small step as a success.
The residential accommodation is comfortable and attractive and comprises of two detached family homes situated on a quiet road within our extensive privately owned grounds.
An example of some of our accommodation on site:
Walnut Lodge comprises of 4 bedrooms, two with en-suites, a large lounge area, dining room, two downstairs toilets, family bathroom, kitchen and substantial garden.
Walnut Lodge also has the added area of flexible accommodation: A sensory room which doubles as a bedroom, en-suite whirlpool bathroom, a lounge with sensory lights and a kitchenette in a separate room, this enables our residents to be supported away from the main group in times of crisis.
The Brambles is a 3-bedroom chalet style house, with lounge/dining room, which also incorporates sensory lights, patio doors leading to a large garden, kitchen and bathroom and a downstairs toilet.
When at home, residents have the choice of either watching TV/DVD or relaxing in their bedrooms, enjoying the garden, participating in craft activities or listening to music. We encourage residents to maintain firm links with family and friends and do this through regular phone calls, emails or letters.
For some this may be the first time they have lived away from home, whilst others may have become used to returning home at weekends. It is with this in mind that we always work closely with parents and guardians to ensure they are kept up to date and to share and celebrate their young adult’s successes.
Our highly trained, experienced staff support residents in all of the activities that they undertake. They do this by adopting a consistent approach and by creating a purposeful, calm atmosphere.
When engaging in activities, our young adults will:
- Carry out practical vocational tasks
- Attend a life experience placement either on site or out in the community
- Or attend a local college (We have strong links with local external colleges – Easton College and City College, Norwich).
Our residents can participate in educational based visits and outings which take place both during the day and as part of their leisure activities during the week nights and weekends.
Opportunities offered to our residents include swimming, gym, bowling, horse riding, football, music therapy, and walking. We also regularly visit the local cinema, theatre, super markets, farm shops and local places of interest together with eating out or going to the pub, which many enjoy. We also have strong links with the local community.
Before Acorn Park, Oliver had been through 12 placements in 14 years of education, from mainstream schools to special educational schools and residential schools, never really finding the perfect fit to suit his needs. Ollie used to say that he hated his life but since moving to Acorn Park he enjoys everyday.
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“We are extremely grateful to the amazing staff at Acorn Park for all their hard work in ensuring our son is happy, healthy and fulfilled in life.” (Oliver’s Mum)
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