The Elms is a purpose built residence which accommodates up to 6 young people term time only. The spacious accommodation comprises of lounge, dining room, sensory room, playroom, music room, laundry, kitchen and office. On the first floor are 6 large bedrooms with built-in furniture, staff sleeping-in room, shower room and bathroom. This residence was opened in April 2011 and is fully equipped for disabled young people. There is a team leader, as well as a team of experienced residential child care officers, who work a shift rota to cover a 24 hour period, including waking night cover. Staffing ratio is calculated through the admissions process.
Weekends tend to be a little more laid back, a lie in is normally the best way to start a Saturday followed by a late, sometimes cooked breakfast and some easy housekeeping, i.e. changing bedding and fighting to put a new duvet cover on (not that easy!) However we have to be self sufficient in out catering needs and therefore have to plan meals and take trips to the supermarket. We encourage our young people to make healthy dietary choices, source products and then take part in the preparation. Some relish these choices more than others… but, have come to realise that action provides sustenance what ever its culinary artistic presentation!