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We’re helping adults with autism lead happy lives
A NEW community support service for adults with autism opens near Worcester this week.
Healthcare provider Options Group has launched Bredon House on the Byron Wood estate in Hospital Lane, Powick, with the aim of allowing young adults aged 20-25 to live in the community in the building’s eight self-contained flats.
It was given the go-ahead last week after receiving its registration from the Care Quality Commission.
It will support the residents’ development of life skills and increased independence to enable the transition to supported living.
Manager Paul Whitefield said: “We are all really excited about the opening of Bredon House.
“The redevelopment works have brought renewed life into a previously disused office building and the service has created nine full-time jobs. Bredon House is the natural next step for people on the autistic spectrum looking to make the transition from residential care to supported living. Such a step can be very difficult for people on the autistic spectrum to make, but with the right support these young people can lead fulfilling and happy lives of their choosing.”
The house was developed in partnership with the three incoming residents, who helped shape the service.
They will also take the lead with other residents in making everyday decisions on the running of the service.
Resident Tom Schewitz said: “I have been given choices as to what I want my flat to look like and have chosen the kitchen units, wall colours, wallpaper and the flooring and furniture.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am ready to spread my wings and live semi-independently. We can learn how to live like everyone else. I am optimistic and so happy.”
The healthcare provider already runs the AALPS Midlands autism centre at the Rhydd in Hanley Castle, near Malvern.