A real and lasting difference for everyone we support

Location

The Avenue
Temple Ewell
Dover
Kent
CT16 3AW

T: 01304 821 432

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Swerford House

About Swerford House

Swerford House is a specialist service that provides assessment and a range of high quality, specialist services to people with autism and/or learning disabilities, who may at times present severely challenging behaviour.

Some of the people who use our service also have communication difficulties and other conditions such as epilepsy.

Our approach to support:

The service offers 24/7 specialist residential support to adults over the age of 18 and is committed to empowering and encouraging the individuals who live there. Staff provide the support needed to enable them to reach their goals and to develop their self esteem and the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Everyone at Swerford House is involved in designing their own Person Centred Plan, with staff support. Each individual has their own weekly timetable, which details their preferred activities; these consist of in-house and community based activities.

Individuals are supported to attend college courses or access voluntary and paid work in order to build on their skills, self confidence and self-esteem.

We are also supported by our Person Centred Approaches team who provide positive behaviour support strategies to individuals using the service, and their team of support staff, to enable them to achieve positive outcomes.

The well trained team at Swerford House aim to improve the quality of life outcomes for people with complex and challenging needs. In doing so we are committed to using Positive Behaviour Approaches and strive to improve practice through review, action, research and the development and delivery of training. We can offer one-to-one psychological and psychiatric support where needed, and have access to a multi-disciplinary staff team.

What it’s like to live here:

We provide support in an environment that is conducive to personal growth. Our aim is to deliver an increasing sense of self-management and empowerment that will lead to more independent living, with the minimum support required. The service is central to local amenities and where the people we support are empowered to take control of their lives and work towards independence which is consummate with their skills, confidence and aspirations.

There are local shops within a short walk and due to our location, we are also close to major tourist attractions as well as the beach and encourage and support people to access these to complement and enhance other activities in their lives.

“Staff support me to lead an active life and improve my skills.” – Person supported by Swerford House

Facilities:

Swerford House is a large detached house sitting in beautiful gardens with sweeping views of the local countryside. It has five bedrooms, which individuals are encouraged to personalise in line with their preferences and needs. We provide innovative Person Centred Support in a safe and caring environment, that is robust, low arousal, and homely.

Also on our premises are a kitchen, dining area, living room, large conservatory and garden. Our outdoor space is popular during the summer months when we hold barbecues and social gatherings.

Admissions criteria:

Swerford House may be suitable for those who meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Individuals with Autism
  • Individuals with a learning disability diagnosis
  • May also have communication difficulties, complex sensory needs and present complex behaviours that challenge