At Stepping Stones we understand that people with learning disabilities want the same things out of life as everyone else – the choice of where they live and who with, to have relationships, go on holidays, be able to get a job and have a community presence.
Stepping Stones Services provide services to people with learning disabilities in a number of ways, from moving into their first home away from their parents – in supported living properties, to resettlement from long stay hospitals in the Lancashire area.
Our experience consists of supporting people with mild to severe learning disabilities, Epilepsy (occasional to severe), profound and multiple learning disabilities (with added issues of Dysphasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG), sensory impairment (blind, deaf or hard of hearing), Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, learning disabilities caused by Brain injuries, problematic births and meningitis.
We provide services to people tailored to their individual needs, using personal budgets to provide services on a daily to weekly basis, with 24 hour support from a dedicated support team.
We offer flexible, bespoke support services to the individual’s particular requirements. We aim to maximise service user potential using several different methods.
- Robust outcome focused person centred plans which give clear support strategies to the individual support team, to ensure the right amount of support is given in the right way for the person. This will include how much support a person needs in everyday living tasks. Whether full support, prompting, encouraging or demonstrating.
- We ensure all those we support have the choice and control over their lives and their thoughts, wants and wishes, and that their families are at the forefront of everything Stepping Stones Services does and aims to do. Any decisions made about the service user will include the service user. We use decision making agreements to ensure that we maximise an individual’s input into their own lives.
- We encourage and promote service users and their families to express their feelings and views about the services we provide and use this information to improve our services. Via service user house meetings, involvement groups, and family surveys. Skill matching service user needs to staff knowledge, skills, personality, likes and dislikes.
- We ensure that each service user has the opportunity to maximise their potential through lifelong learning. We use our knowledge of the local area and that of our support staff to ensure each individual is able to have greater opportunities to learn and grow.
We will regularly access assistive technologies, allowing us to take a step back as the service user becomes more independent