Learning Disabilities Service
Larch is a residential home for people living with a learning disability and/ or Autism. The home provides an environment in which individuals are able to develop and enhance their existing skills through opportunities. These will be in line with individual needs and wishes and their potential for progress.
- Males or females aged 18+ 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:
The Support Delivered
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 enhance the person’s quality of life.
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.
Individuals living at Larch will have a personalised activity plan developed to reflect their likes, dislikes, choices and personal outcomes. Larch offers in- house activities which residents can choose to take part in or opt out of as they wish.
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 in qualifications to facilitate learning and education. These are based on active support models in conjunction with the National Open College Network (NOCN) to support resident’s to achieve qualifications which they can use in the community and develop through college or further education.
- Spacious, ground floor living accommodation
- Accessible shower room
- Furnished bedrooms (individuals may furnish their own rooms if desired)
- Secluded outside seating area
- Extensive landscaped grounds
- Access to a range of local facilities including swimming, bingo, cycling , bowling cinema, and
Options to utilise ‘The Hub’, a day opportunities service.
- Public transport links close by
- Options to access an outdoor learning space, ‘The Woodlands’
The Surrounding Area
Larch 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.
Michael Rawlins, Registered Manager
Michael has worked with MHC since 2010 and has worked in various services within the company. He began as a Support Worker and has progressed to a Registered Manager.
He has experience in supporting and leading a team in residential services for adults with learning disabilities and autism who display a range of risk behaviours. Michael has received his QCF Level 5 in Health and Social Care.