Care Service Builds Two New Specialised Apartments In Shrewsbury For Adults With Autism

A Shropshire care company for adults with learning difficulties has begun construction of two new, specially designed apartments in Shrewsbury.

Adelphi Care Services operates four care homes in the county for adults with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other learning difficulties.

The new homes will be an extension of this existing provision, allowing those capable of semi- independent living to do so with the help of support staff.

The two-bedroomed homes, one ground floor flat also suitable for a person with physical disabilities and one first floor flat, are being built on the site of a previous house in Longden Road and are due to be finished by spring 2014.

Joe Kwaterski, business development director at Adelphi Care Services, said the homes were being specially designed to make the life of their occupants easier and less stressful.

“We already operate a number of supported living properties, which have proved to be highly successful in assisting younger adults to achieve greater independence so we see this as extending the proven model and offering more opportunities within the community,” he said.

“There was an existing bungalow on the site, which we have demolished to make the space for the new building.

“Both homes have been designed to be a stress-free living environment for those with learning disabilities such as autism or Aspergers to help them live as independent a life as possible.

“The second bedroom in each flat will be for a support worker to help the resident with day-to-day living.

“Both flats will have sound insulation, under-floor heating, neutral colour schemes without fussy patterns and simple, unfussy furnishings and fittings. They will also have recessed, controllable lighting rather than fluorescent lighting, the flickering of which can cause severe distress to someone with autism.

“The ground floor flat goes one step further and will also be suitable for someone with a physical disability as well as a learning one, with access to a rear garden with raised beds. It will feature wider doorways and corridors, an en-suite wet room, variable height work surfaces in the kitchen and easy-use taps.”

The combined cost of both the initial site and bungalow and the new building work is expected to be about £350,000.

Mr Kwaterski said that routine was often key for those on the autistic spectrum.

“If a person has lived relatively independently up to the point we become involved, we will do everything we can to help them continue to do so,” he added.

“Adelphi Care Services specialises in providing the right level of care, tailored to an individual’s needs, whether that includes residential care, in-home help, respite, community and leisure support and even emergency beds if required.”

For more information about the services offered by Adelphi Care Services, visit www.adelphicareservices.co.uk or call 01743 465299.

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