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- Partnerships We Have in the Delivery of Service
- Services Delivered & Delivery Areas
- Research Projects
- Admission Policy
- Disclosure Log
1. Partnerships We Have in the Delivery of Service
Health Service Executive
Triest Community Employment Scheme Ltd
Banner Housing Association Ltd
Department of Education
Limerick Clare Education & Training Board
Clare County Council
Mary Immaculate College
2. Services Delivered & Delivery Areas
The Ennis services provide residential, supported living, in home supports, respite, day services, rehabilitative training and vocational training to individuals with an Intellectual Disability and Autism. Some individuals may also have a physical disability or a mental health diagnosis. We are a person centred service that recognises each person as unique. Our vision leads us in 'Love and Respect for all Towards a Full and Valued Life'.
Residential, Supported Living and in Home Supports.
We work in partnership with Banner Housing Association and other housing providers to help people find housing that meets their individual needs in a location of their choosing, whether that's centrally in Ennis or in their local community. We work in partnership with the HSE to provide staffing supports to each individual to ensure their Health, Safety and Social Care needs are met in an individual person centered way. Through a person centered planning approach we can fully support people to achieve goals in all aspects of their life within the residential service, including facilitating people to live in their own home when that is required.
Our residential services are maintained to a high standard. Many of which are registered with HIQA as designated centres. In line with the Health Information and Quality Authority Standards and Regulations (HIQA), each designated Centre drives continuous improvement, raises the safety and quality of these services and promotes person-centred care for the benefit of each individual. Use of best practices, evidence based practices and assistive technology are prevalent in these service to reach specific positive and real outcomes.
Respite / Supported Breaks
We provide a short breaks service to individuals in a home in Ennis which is registered with HIQA as a designated centre. Every effort is made to consult with each person and their natural support network so that each individual is involved in the management of the centre and can choose what they wish to do and who they wish to share with while they are on a supported break. A person centred planning approach is developed with each person to ensure they have choices and their needs and goals are met while they are staying in the respite home. The service is available during the week, at weekends and at holiday periods.
The Ennis service provides day supports directly to each individual person so that their needs, goals and dreams can be met. People are supported "One Person at a Time" to have valued and inclusive lifestyles with meaningful relationships in their local communities. We work in partnership with community groups, employers, education / training services, health and allied care providers to ensure each individual can achieve their personal goals. We support people to have opportunities to socialise, participate in areas of interest, meet new people and make friends in the community. We promote healthy living and we support each person to access health care services as required. We promote and encourage valued community involvement and active citizenship.
Rehabilitative Training, Streetwise Programme
This programme is aimed towards school leavers interested in developing their presence in the community and discovering and exploring opportunities in adult education with suitable awards.
We work with the person to develop personal, social and work/role skills. A key learning objective for each person is developing independence and understanding to ensure progression in life is through accessing fulfilling experiences. The duration of the programme is usually four years.
The person and family have a continuous input into their outcomes through the programme and their learning objectives are tailored to suit their needs. Each person is afforded the opportunity to maximise their own potential through various learning paths both formal and informal.
The awards can be all of or any of these listed below:
Listening and Speaking
Quantity and Number
Setting Learning Goals
Food Choice & Health
Health Related Exercise.
Personal Decision Making
Listening and Speaking
Quantity and Number
Setting Learning Goals
Food Choice & Health
Health Related Exercise.
Personal Decision Making
Nutrition and Health Options
Application of Number
Visual Arts Practice
Information Technology Skills
Personal & Interpersonal Development
General Office Skills
We provide many inclusive learning paths and provide a level 4 programme as an individualised inclusive educational package in partnership with Mary I College in Limerick. This is a two year programme built around the main academic programmes and the learners attend mainstream lectures and are supported as fulltime students.
Vocational Training Programme
We deliver this in partnership with LCETB. It is aimed towards adults with intellectual disabilities who are unemployed or wish to engage in further training/education. The programme enables the person to acquire practical skills where possible within an employment area of their choice. The course is structured in a way that facilitates centre based learning and employer based learning as the two key strands.
The focus has constant emphasis on community involvement, inclusion and participation for each person we support. Learners are supported to develop their own skills in community awareness, communications and new opportunities. The programme has a clear step by step structure and the learner has continuous support to evaluate their own progression.
The Award is a QQI Level 3 Employability Skills Award. The course modules are; Internet skills, word processing, digital media, personal and interpersonal skills, work experience, career preparation, application of numbers.
The achieved outcome is a pay role or a voluntary role that continues after programme completion.
West / North Clare
We support people in a variety of ways during the day. We support people to access employment, voluntary work, training or educational opportunities and many other Valued Social Roles in their communities. As much as possible, we strive to support people in their own communities, whereby they can build on existing relationships and develop new relationships. We believe that communities have the power to keep people safe, once supported appropriately. We support people in the following areas of North and West Clare:
We utilise residential funding to support people to live in homes of their choosing with people of their choosing. We have worked tirelessly over the past decade to decongregate group homes. People are supported to rent properties with the financial assistance of the State, in the same way as any other citizens. People can also access housing through Banner Housing Association and finally, people can be supported to remain in their family home, if this is an option.
We have one respite house in Kilrush and there are a total of 28 people who access this house. The house is utilised to ensure that people get a break from home that they enjoy and great efforts are made to ensure that people have a say in who supports them on their break. More often than not, people being supported in North and West Clare use the respite budget to avail of a break away in a hotel and attend a concert or other event of interest to them. People have rented a holiday home in an area of interest and enjoyed a break in this way. Basically, respite is not confined to a house, it is wherever the people want and would like it to be.
In home supports
We support a number of people to live in their own homes. Sometimes, these are their family homes, which have been left to them by their family or otherwise they can be homes granted to the people we support by the State such as Local Authority Housing. In home supports can also be utilised by individuals and their families, while the person's new home is going through the HIQA registration process. This allows support to be provided on an emergency basis.
East Clare Region
This broadly covers area from Ennis to Killaloe and Whitegate.
Our East Clare Services Service Location is in the Market Square in Scariff. This is centrally located within walking distance to all amenities in Scariff, such as shops, library and Community Cooperative. It is also on the CIE and Clare Accessible Transport bus routes which a number of people use. We are conscious that good support is provided by a connected network of family, services and community based resources. From here we support people around East Clare as well in places such as Killaloe and Tulla.
We are submitting a proposal to open a Service Location in Killaloe which is expected to open in 2017.
As a HSE funded service we provide community based support to individuals with an intellectual disability and autism who are over 18yrs. We work in collaboration with family members and community networks to include people in what is going on in their area. Contributing and taking up valued roles such as workers, volunteers, learners, community members and entrepreneurs etc.
Each individual is unique with their own aspirations and needs and we seek to meet theses as best we can; drawing on the extensive resources and opportunities in our community setting.
We provide respite breaks in our community based Respite Service in Scariff as well as through HomeShare Clare.
We also provide residential supports for people who want their own home with HSE allocated funding. We work with Clare County Council and Banner Housing Association as well as with private landlords.
This covers the South Clare area broadly including Quin, Newmarket on Fergus, Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Cratloe.
Our Shannon Region Services Service Location is in Unit 4, Abbey House, Shannon and we also have a number of apartments in the town as well as a service location in Bohararoan, Newmarket on Fergus. These are centrally located within walking distance to amenities such as shops, library and swimming pool, Sky Court shopping centre, Obair etc. All are also on the CIE and Clare Accessible Transport bus routes which a number of people use. We have a number of apartments in the town as well that we use to support people from as they get out and about in normal everyday settings.
We are conscious that good supports are provided by a network of people including service providers, family members, community groups etc.
As a HSE funded service we provide support to individuals with an intellectual disability and autism who are over 18yrs. We work in collaboration with family members and community support networks to include people in what is going on in their area. Contributing and taking up valued roles such as workers, volunteers, learners, community members, entrepreneurs etc. Each individual is unique with their own aspirations and needs and we seek to meet theses as best we can; drawing on the extensive resources and opportunities in our community setting.
We provide respite breaks in our community based Respite Service in Shannon as well as through HomeShare Clare.
We also provide residential supports for people who develop their own home with HSE allocated funding. We work with Clare County Council and Banner Housing Association as well as with private landlords.
Childrens Respite Services
Hazelwood House provides centre based respite support where children and young people aged between 5 to 18, who have an intellectual disability. Children's support needs varies from moderate to severe and may include physical disability and/or autism. Children/young people who require nursing care cannot be facilitated in Hazelwood House.
Our service offers:
Short stay day supports
Eligibility criteria for admission to Hazelwood House include the following:
Children/young people aged between 5 and 18 years old, who have an intellectual disability and are resident in Co. Clare.
- 5-11 years - day supports
- 12-18 years - day and overnight supports
The child/family is resident in Co. Clare.
We are unable to admit children whose medical condition is such that they require constant nursing care. Emergency admissions are not facilitated at Hazelwood House Respite Centre.
Activities at Hazelwood House
It is very important to us that children and young people thoroughly enjoy they break at Hazelwood House. We provide lots of activities depending on age and individual likes and dislikes. Indoor activities include: arts and crafts, games, reading, sensory room, listening to music, or cooking.
Hazelwood House also has a large enclosed back garden where children can play football, basketball, play on the swing and slide or just relax on a sunny day. We also support children in community based activities such as walks, cinema, bowling, playgrounds, horse-riding, swimming and visits to the seaside.
Referrals for respite services can be made directly to our service by parents/guardians, by phone, in writing or in person. Referrals can also be made by HSE disability services. On contact with our service, a referral form will be forwarded to the referrer for completion and return.
Where a referral is found to meet the eligibility criteria, the parents/guardians are invited to visit Hazelwood House with their son/daughter.
If the family wish to proceed with their request for services, a comprehensive assessment of family support needs will be undertaken by the Co-ordinator of the Service. This assessment ordinarily begins with a home visit which will be arranged within 4-6 weeks of receipt of the completed referral form.
The nature of respite breaks provided will be informed by assessment and the wishes of the young person and their family.
In the event that a referral is not eligible for admission, the referrer will be notified and reasons for non-eligibility will be explained.
Home Share Clare is a service developed by the Brothers of Charity Clare offering respite and holiday breaks to children and adults with an intellectual disability. The uniqueness of this service is that it is provided by families in their own home. The family take a child or adult with a learning disability into their own home for a period of time. The child/adult will enjoy a break or a holiday in a homely atmosphere and their parents and siblings will have a break from their full time caring role.
Home Sharers get the opportunity to learn more about disability while caring and sharing in their own home.
Home Share families have been assessed and are supported by Home Share Clare. Each child or adult is matched carefully to the caregivers and strong relationships can develop. It also offers an opportunity for children young people and adults to make new friends and for some visit new places.
Interested people from a wide range of backgrounds can apply and Home Sharers can be single, married, older, younger, working or retired. Formal qualifications are not necessary but it is desirable to have qualities such as common sense, warmth, patience and flexibility. To date HomeShare Clare has successfully placed over thirty five children and thirty seven adults with host families.
3. Research Projects
Title: Experience of Community Living in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Commencing in April 2016 in Ennis services.
University of Limerick project, led by Dr Barry Coughlan
The primary aim of the study is to explore the experiences of community living for adults with intellectual disabilities and also the transition from previous accommodation to community living. The secondary aim is to determine barriers to QoL for service users and identify ways to optimise QoL. Specifically, what is being asked is "What is the lived experience of adults with intellectual disability who have moved to community living?"
4. Admission Policy
Brothers of Charity Clare do have a local admissions and discharge procedure which is under review at the moment. We are at the end stages of this review procedure.
5. Disclosure Log
Will be made available when requests are made.