At Chard Manor we provide care and support for ten young adults with a severe learning disability, autism and high care needs such as sensory impairments and epilepsy. We also have experience of supporting people following a traumatic brain injury as well.
Our residents living at Chard Manor have a wide variety of communication requirements and staff – working closely with the speech and language therapy team – are trained and experienced in providing a person-centred approach, from verbal communication to Makaton and person specific techniques.
Each individual has a personal and detailed communication plan which is regularly updated. Each individual is supported to plan a weekly timetable of activities that they enjoy, both inside and outside of their home, which enables them to further develop living skills and promote independence and choice.
They are supported to carry out all aspects of daily living and encouraged to participate in household decisions through monthly individual and house meetings.
The people who live here are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are supported to attend appointments and social activities and become involved in community events.
The people living at Chard Manor also have full use of the service’s own transport, as well as regular access to public transport to enable them to enjoy activities and events further afield.
Chard Manor is set in a rural environment with a peaceful ambience near the outskirts of Chard, Somerset. We are situated within walking distance of the town centre, health and leisure facilities as well as cycle routes and endless country walks.
With the use of both home and public transport we are able to offer a wide range of activities with full support. We also ensure that regular home visits and family contact are maintained.
We are central between Taunton and Yeovil, offering road links to the M5 and the A303, as well as major bus and train routes to popular commuter areas.
Chard Manor is an open and spacious building, which has been robustly designed to meet and respond to the needs of adults with a learning disability and challenging behaviours.
As well as providing a warm and homely atmosphere that promotes and empowers individuality and encourages individuals to feel safe and secure.
Our home has ten bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, over two floors. The large lounges have open fireplaces and original front facing windows are an ideal environment in which to relax and participate in many of the activities provided by the service, including beauty/massage therapy, art sessions and gardening.
The kitchen is separated into two sections with areas specifically designed to support and encourage people to help prepare meals in a safe environment, with a large dining room that provides the perfect setting for enjoying meals together.
We have a sun room, overlooking one of three gardens, equipped with a ball pool, a large bean bag and comfy sofa, there are plenty of opportunities for quiet contemplation.
At Chard Manor we have a dedicated team of staff on-site 24 hours a day, who are passionate about the care and support they provide and enabling the people that live here to lead as full and active lives as possible.
Staff hours are tailored around the needs of each individual and the support they require to enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle. All of our staff are trained and experienced in supporting the individuals that live at Chard Manor and take pride in empowering people to broaden their horizons and self-esteem through new experiences.