Thornfield Grange Residential Service for People on the Autistic Spectrum
Thornfield Grange is a residential service with nursing situated in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. It supports people with autistic spectrum conditions who are also living with a learning disability and complex needs. The service supports individuals whose behaviours are perceived as challenging or those who have significant difficulties with social engagement.
People usually come to Thornfield Grange as part of their care pathway. They could be moving on from a hospital setting or their supported living placement may have broken down and they need some extra support. At Thornfield Grange we believe that everyone should be treated as a full and valued member of their community with the same rights as everyone else. Therefore, our focus is on rehabilitation and the improvement of their health and wellbeing. Every day we are helping people develop trusting relationships and attain positive outcomes.
Service users are encouraged to identify and achieve their own personal goals using person centred thinking and approaches in a low arousal environment. We work hard with the people, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to hear and act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.
About Thornfield Grange
Thornfield Grange is an impressive period property situated in the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland,surrounded by beautiful
County Durham countryside. Within Thornfield Grange there are two good sized living areas that people can choose to use. Other facilities include a wellstocked arts and crafts room and an internet cafe where people can Skype their family members and important others. There is a games console in the communal lounge which is great for helping with coordination skills and promoting fitness.
A holistic therapist attends Thornfield Grange on a weekly basis as a therapeutic intervention for people who require this. There is also a life skills kitchen where people are supported to make their own drinks and prepare food for visitors and themselves. Within the grounds there is an allotment, which is looked after by the people who use the service. Other outdoor activities are available and there is a large lawn with patio and seating areas for people and their visitors to enjoy.
Thornfield Grange provides a structured, positive, empathic and low-arousal environment with good links to family and outside agencies. Just a short walk from Thornfield Grange is the centre of town where people can access the local amenities including a pharmacy, convenience store, pubs, restaurants and an arts complex. Days out are popular at Thornfield Grange and Auckland Castle is just a short drive away with its deer park which is ideal for summer picnics or long walks.
Thornfield Grange is just a short drive from the historic market town of Darlington, which has many community and autism friendly activities for people to access. These include leisure centres, cinema, theatre, markets, shops and cafes.
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