Sophia House specialises in providing accommodation and support for young persons with learning difficulties/disability between the age of sixteen and eighteen.
The property has accommodation for 5 young persons. There is a bathroom situated on the first floor and a shower room on the ground floor. The communal living room and kitchen is available to be used by all residents. The staff office is used for meetings when required.
At Sophia house staff provide cover for the home 24/7/365, they work closely with the young people and their social workers. Night-staff are on the premises to support clients with cooking and any issues that may arise. Key work sessions are carried out once/twice a week focusing on client’s present state and helping to achieve goals set by the clients and social workers.
On arrival to the house a care plan assessment form is completed. This identifies the areas that staff will need to work on with the client to achieve a positive outcome. Each resident will be allocated a Key Worker who will update the care plan. The care plan will be updated on weekly basis and sent to the relevant parties. This support plan is reviewed so staff can work towards helping residents move on into a place identified by the social services.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of many opportunities available whilst they are with us. Courses are available at local colleges and connexions. In some cases, qualifications can be achieved. There is a health and fitness centre and a strong emphasis is placed upon encouraging residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Staff are available to teach cooking and other everyday life skills.
Rules are kept to a minimum in order to instil self-responsibility, but some are necessary and include:
- Behaviour to one another and guests is expected to be of a reasonable standard.
- Alcohol and drugs are not allowed inside the house.
- Guests are not allowed in resident’s bedrooms without prior permission.
- Residents are expected to be active in seeking employment or training where this is part of the Personal Support Plan
- Residents are required to keep their rooms clean; the rooms are checked twice a day to make sure that they are risk free.
Length of Stay
Staff and social workers determine the length of stay. Where appropriate the aim is to help individuals achieve independence so that they can proceed to move into their own place confident that they have the skills to succeed.
Conditions of Residency
Before we can assess an application, prospective residents are asked to sign a Data Processing Consent form. All residents will need to sign a Living-Agreement and abide by this. Residents will be given a handbook that includes important information about living at Sophia House.
Referrals in the first instance should be made to Higher Level Care. The level of risk to the public, staff and residents will be the principle-determining factor.
Equal opportunities & confidentiality
Sophia House is committed to achieving equal opportunities for all. Religion, race, nationality, disability, age and sexual orientation will not be part of the selection criteria. We will challenge any discriminatory attitude within the house. Each resident is given a confidentiality policy, which states that we seek to safeguard and keep secure all confidential information received regarding an individual. Information recorded by Project Workers should be shared on a regular basis with the Key Worker.
For further information
Staff at Higher Level Care welcomes informal enquiries regarding Sophia House from those considering making a referral. Prospective residents are encouraged to visit the home by prior appointment, as are Social Workers and other professionals.