Learning Disability and Autism

Service Overview

Elm is a residential home for people living with a learning disability and/ or an Autism. The home adopts a ‘Psychologically Informed Environment’ or PIE – which means that people who live at Elm are supported to best meet their needs. This improves their quality of life, through helping staff to implement all of the latest research and knowledge, to inform the needs of the residents.

Admission Criteria

Elm supports:

  • Males or females aged 18 yrs + who have a diagnosis of a learning disability and/ or Autism and/ or other associated conditions.
  • Admission is primarily based upon an initial 12 week assessment period which includes a ‘Compatibility’ assessment to make sure that residents can be supported to live well together.

Philosophy of Care

Philosophically, we believe in understanding the needs of the individual through robust assessment in order to provide person centred support to enable individuals to lead fulfilling lives as part of their local community.

We do this through:

  • Psychologically informed environments that encourage staff to reflect on practice and how to support the individual.
  • Person centred plans to develop positive behaviour support, enabling individuals to maintain and develop skills leading to greater independence.
  • Providing services that represent good value for money by demonstrating measurable, effective outcomes and progression.
  • Ensuring our colleagues have opportunities for tailored training and development to meet individual needs.
  • Ensuring that compliance and audit systems support service delivery and constantly drive improvement and embed quality in everything we do.
  • We work with a wide range of stakeholders to meet the needs of the individuals needs.

The support delivered

Individuals living at Elm are provided with the appropriate care and support to enable them to achieve their potential by enhancing well-being, independence and quality of life. The care and support provided to each person’s individual needs and wants are determined at the initial pre-admission assessment.
Enhancing quality of life is important to us. By working with the person and key stakeholders we adopt a person centred approach to promote the development of both social and adaptive skills, leading towards maintaining and increasing independence and offering opportunities to achieve positive outcomes.
By enabling staff to understand the function of risk behaviours, this enables plans to be implemented to safely manage potential risks and to provide the least restrictive support in an inclusive and empowering way.
Residents also have access to the ‘Highfield Hub’ which is the active support centre. Here, residents can engage in social and recreational activities with other residents, as well as more formal based teaching, learning and education whereby qualifications can be gained.


  • Spacious living areas
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Sensory room
  • Independent living skills kitchen
  • A family and activity room
  • Extensive grounds including outside seating
  • Access to a range of local facilities including swimming, bingo, cycling , bowling cinema, and options to utilise a day opportunities service
  • Coming soon – Options to access the ‘woodlands’, an outdoor learning environment

The surrounding area

Elm is located in the hamlet of Llangwyfan in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The nearby village of Llandyrnog provides access to local amenities which include: local church, butchers shop, general store which includes a post office and three public houses, two of which have restaurant facilities. The location offers the benefits of tranquillity as well as excellent opportunities for exercise and observing local wildlife. It is also within minutes of a main road through North Wales, putting the whole region within easy reach from the mountains of Snowdonia, to the North Wales coast and beyond.

The Registered Manager

Michaela Vallance– Registered Manager

Michaela has ten years’ experience within residential care settings, working with adults with autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, mental health and complex needs.
Michaela has progressed through the roles from support worker to registered manager since joining MHC in 2013. Michaela achieved her Level 5 Registered manager award in June 2016.

  • Summary

    • Mixed gender service
    • Accommodates up to 8 people
    • Tranquil location
    • Beautiful grounds

    Llangwyfan, Denbigh, LL16 4LU

‘’We are always striving to do better: to learn, to improve and to do the right thing.’’

Care Inspectorate Wales | Arolygiaeth Gofal Cymru

Elm is regulated and inspected by Care Inspectorate Wales.

> Read our inspection reports

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