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Danshell Learning Disability and Autism Services 

Danshell supports and cares for adults living with a learning disability or autism in specialist hospitals and residential services. Our aim is to deliver effective and outcome based services within person centred, professional care environments. We support individuals with a learning disability, who are on the autistic spectrum or have mental or physical ill health. We set high standards for ourselves in the delivery of care, and most importantly, we put service users at the centre of everything we do.

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Zac’s* Story

 

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Zac* was 27 when he came to Old Leigh House and was detained under the Mental Health Act. He was also on 2:1 observations due to his behaviours and suicidal ideations. He had a diagnosis of personality and behavioural disorders and emotionally labile disorder due to brain damage. He had a long history of criminal behaviour, aggression, inappropriate sexual behaviour and self-harm.

Zac* progressed well at Old Leigh House and with the support of the team overcame a number of challenges, which helped him to manage his aggression and offending impulses. During this time his relationship with his daughter was re-established and he was supported to have regular contact with her, giving him great focus. Zac’s* communication difficulties were a great frustration to him as he was unable to verbally communicate.

The team at Old Leigh House helped to identify a suitable communication device which allowed him to effectively let people know his feelings and needs. He also struggled to walk due to an unstable gait, hindering his independence with a risk of falls. An appropriate mobility aid was identified and, with support from a physiotherapist, Zac* was able to gain independence in the community.

He attended a local college and was nominated for an achievement award. He continued his studies at the college enrolling on courses such as independent living skills, English and a mainstream art class. Zac* was also able to gain work experience in a local charity shop to help him to develop skills and prepare him for future paid work.

As Zac* neared the end of his care pathway at Old Leigh House, plans were put in place for his discharge and a suitable placement was found in a step-down service. Zac* continues to progress receiving support but with greater independence.