The Residential Placement Process
We have a structured, five step approach to residential placement to ensure that we are a good match to a potential resident’s needs and that the transition to their new home is made as smooth as possible:
Step 1 – Visit & Referral
- Following initial contact by a parent, carer or social worker, a formal referral will be made by the individual’s care manager and a visit to the individual’s current living environment will be arranged.
Step 2 – Assessment
- A free, in-depth assessment is undertaken to see if the individual’s needs can be met by David Lewis.
- The assessment is usually carried out where the person is residing at the time.
- Parents/carers and other relevant parties are included and involved in the assessment process.
- A placement is offered if David Lewis is confident that the individual can be supported and their needs can be met. Where input is required from medical and therapy teams, a multi-disciplinary meeting will be held.
Step 3 – Placement
- The decision to agree a placement rests with the care manager and associated Local Authority.
- Once the Local Authority approves funding, the individual/parents/carers are in a position to accept the offer from David Lewis.
Step 4 – Transition
- Detailed planning commences, based upon the outcome of Step 2 (assessment).
- A key worker is identified.
- David Lewis staff visit the new resident in their current home.
- The new resident visits their new home to get to know the surroundings.
- If new procedures or services are required, training programmes are developed for key workers and fellow staff.
- Any building alterations are undertaken and any specialist equipment is ordered and installed.
- The individual moves in and settles into their new home.
Step 5 – Ongoing Support & Review
- A six-week review will be held with all relevant parties to monitor progress and highlight any necessary changes.
- Further reviews take place every six months.
For more information, please contact our Admissions Manager Gilly Godwin on 01565 640162 or via our email contact form.