Wast Hills is an award winning Independent Hospital for adults on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs.
Located in Kings Norton, Birmingham, Wast Hills provides assessment and treatment for up to 25 men and women with autism, who are also living with learning disabilities and complex needs. The team can also support people who may be detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have complex behaviours, or who have significant difficulties with social engagement.
Wast Hills is an impressive period property, set in six acres of gardens and formerly part of the Cadbury estate. The service consists of three autism provisions, which provide different levels of support depending on the individual:
- Wast Hills House provides support for up to 15 people who are living with autism and associated complex needs, including four bespoke provisions
- Wast Hills Lodge, which is a separate four bed service for people who are towards the end of their care pathway towards independent living
- Wast Hills Annexe, which provides intensive therapy, treatment and support for six people who are living with complex autistic conditions
Wast Hills provides a structured, positive, empathic and low-arousal environment with good links to home, the community and outside agencies. Wast Hills is registered with the Autism Accreditation programme, which provides an autism-specific quality assurance programme for organisations throughout the UK and across the world.
Everyone has their own en-suite bedroom and they are encouraged and supported to personalise their own space. Within Wast Hills there are many good sized living areas and people can choose to use a gender specific lounge or be in mixed company. Other facilities include two on site sensory rooms, a computer room and two activity rooms. In addition there is a life skills kitchen where people are supported to make their own drinks and prepare food. Service users also have access to extensive outside space.
Wast Hills is situated between Birmingham and Redditch, with many towns nearby that provide a variety of activities for service users. These include going to the cinema, swimming, enjoying the hydropool, shopping and bowling. Wast Hills is close to the M42, providing links to all over the UK. People are supported to visit local places of interest and leisure and be supported in their spiritual beliefs.
Wast Hills has two dedicated Activity Coordinators who support service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.
People could come to any of the three Wast Hills autism provisions for a variety of reasons. They could come from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may also come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist autism or learning disability service, including a secure service.
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