Location: Kirby-le-Soken, Essex
Number of beds: 10
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Yew Trees is an Independent Hospital for women living with a learning disability
Based in the village of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, Yew Trees provides assessment and intervention for up to ten women with learning disabilities and complex needs. The team can also support people with additional mental and physical health needs, those with complex behaviours, as well as people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Yew Trees is a large period art deco property set in its own grounds within a quiet village location, offering spacious accommodation. Yew Trees consists of two elements; a nine bed provision supporting women with learning disabilities and complex needs; and a self-contained bespoke apartment offering 24 hour care and support for one lady who requires more intensive support.
Everyone has their own room, which they are encouraged to personalise and decorate to suit their taste. There is a choice of lounges and communal areas for people to use, as well as a private and spacious garden to the back of the house, which the ladies can use to relax or for activities. There is also an activity room where people can enjoy a range of indoor activities including music, arts and crafts, and relaxation sessions. Yew Trees has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies.
The people who come to Yew Trees are encourage and supported to access the local community. There are local village shops and amenities within walking distance. Yew Trees has its own transport, which people can use for activities and to access the local community, along with local public transport links. There is plenty of choice for outdoor leisure activities in the area, including a swimming pool, colleges and a gym.
People come to Yew Trees 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 learning disability service, including a secure service.
Within Yew Trees we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.
1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services
We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.