Waymead is a place where people with learning disabilities who live at home with their main carer can come for a short stay, in order for their carer to get a break.
It is a recently refurbished building with 5 en suite bedrooms all on the ground floor. Many pieces of specialist equipment enable us to support people with a diverse range of needs.
People can stay from one night, a weekend, a few days, or up to a week or two by special arrangement.
We provide supported breaks for individuals away from Waymead too, at places such as holiday parks, cottages or even camping holidays.
We can also provide unplanned emergency stays if needed.
We work closely with you, your carer and other people who are important to you to make sure your time with us is as enjoyable as possible.
Before you come to Waymead
You will be invited to visit with your family to see what we do and what Waymead is like.
The staff will talk to you and your family to find out what you like and don’t like. This is so that we can make your time at Waymead enjoyable.
You can choose who your key worker will be where possible.
A manager will visit you at home to introduce themselves to you and your family. They will also do an assessment of what you need and like.
Things to do at Waymead
Staff will listen and support you with things that you would like to do.
At Waymead, you can:
- relax in the living room
- use the computers
- have support to cook a meal
- learn new skills such as making a bed or washing clothes
- do an activity indoors like arts and crafts or play the Xbox 360
- go out for an activity like bowling, cinema, meals out, theatre, swimming
We also have a special sensory room that you can use to relax in.
We make tasty, healthy food
We have a big, homely kitchen where you can enjoy your meals.
We will support you to plan, make and cook meals of your choice and encourage you to try new foods.
If you have a special diet, we can support you to follow it. Healthy snacks are also available.
You can sit with friends and chat about your day or you can choose to eat alone.
You can help to decide what is on the menu!
Our aims and expectations
At Waymead, our aim is to:
- promote independence through the provision of personal and social care
- support individuals to have a meaningful break from home
- support individuals during their stay and acknowledge their personal lifestyle
- provide respite to individuals and carers
- work in partnership with families, carers and other professionals in the provision of care
- operate within the council’s policies, guidelines and procedures
- conform to Care Quality Commission standards
At Waymead, you will be supported during your stay. We:
- have zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
- support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
- treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
- enable people to maintain the maximum level of independence, choice and control
- listen, and support people to express their needs and wants
- respect people's right to privacy
- make sure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
- engage with family members and carers as care partners
- assist people to maintain confidence and positive self esteem
- act to alleviate people's loneliness and isolation
A copy of these expectations is provided in every bedroom and is also available to take home.