This research analyses the reasons for aggressions and ways to reduce incidents. As part of this, we have developed an innovative online compatibility test for living well together.
The Living Well Together Tool
Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities – Next Steps (2015) set the Government strategy for transforming care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.
Among this some of the key objectives centred around empowering people and families and getting the right care in the right place. The emphasis being on ‘personalised care and support planning’ and that the views and wishes of people and their families should be made more central to decision-making (Care Act (2014).
The National Service Model – principle 5 – ‘where I live and who I live with’ reflects this ensuring that people should have a choice about where and with whom they live.
In response to this MHC have developed the ‘Living Well Together Tool’. The tool is based on research conducted with people with autism and intellectual disabilities about living preferences. It asks simple questions about a range of things that might be important when living together and considers in what ways people may be
The tool can highlight how people might not get along and prompts for suggestions about how people could be supported with these differences. The purpose of the tool is to provide people with a voice to express their likes and dislikes and to enable service users and providers to consider the compatibility of ‘who I live with’.
The tool is available in a number of formats:
Tablet – An online app which individuals can access via a tablet and complete by tapping their answers.
Picture Cards – A version with cards and symbols for individuals that may prefer to use pictures to communicate their preferences.
Paper Form – A printed version which can be filled in by hand.