The ways we strive to make every day better for our residents
Autistic people experience the world differently. Seemingly ordinary things — the shape of a room, the colour of someone’s shirt — can cause extreme anxiety.
Much of the work we do here at Stroud Court is around acknowledging and managing our residents’ fears and vulnerabilities, and creating an environment that is calm, safe, and relaxing.
Here are some of the ways we strive to improve the quality of life for our autistic adult residents.
Every resident has an individualised support programme
Autism manifests itself in thousands of different ways, and no two of our residents have exactly the same needs. That’s why everybody who lives here has a uniquely structured programme of support and one-to-one attention from a fully-trained support worker. Residents are also encouraged to participate in the decisions that affect them.
We look for a long-term commitment from every staff member
Autistic people can struggle with even small changes in routine, so we we take time to find and train the right people to join our team of support workers, behavioural specialists, activity support workers, and therapists.
Our buildings are specially designed for autistic people
Ordinary rooms can cause autistic people extreme anxiety so we’ve designed all our buildings to be as autism-friendly as possible. From the width of the corridors and the colour of paint on the walls to the type of heating and lighting we use, every aspect of our environment is carefully considered.
We’ve created a world that brings a sense of calm
As small, enclosed spaces can be stressful to autistic people, our wider environment is thoughtfully designed to offer open spaces and tranquil places. At Stroud Court, residents enjoy the sensory garden, art centre, nature trail, and swimming pool with sensory sound and lighting.
Days are filled with engaging activities
Each resident has a carefully-structured activity programme that lets them develop existing interests and learn new ones. They can enjoy crafts, music, hiking, cookery, swimming, gardening, and more, and these are combined with relaxing sensory therapies, like aromatherapy, to help reduce anxieties.
Building community is important to us
For some residents, Stroud Court is all the community they need — a place where they can explore their environment safely and interact with others residents and staff members. Others enjoy venturing further afield, and we help them join in the bigger world by visiting local towns and villages, going on hikes, and taking trips to the seaside.