Residential Care Placements Standard Offer
Camphill Devon is a registered residential care home for people with learning disabilities and autism. We provide care, support and structured activities for up to 38 people across a number of small group homes. We are situated on the foothills of Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by acres of woodland and parkland within an area referred to as Hapstead Village. We are in a beautiful rural and safe setting, but also situated just outside the town of Buckfastleigh, with easy routes to larger towns and cities, of Totnes, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Newton Abbott, Plymouth and Exeter.
We provide personalised packages of care to the people we support 24/7, 365 days per year, and offer a permanent home for those that choose to live with us.
Camphill Devon is a charity, funded largely by the fees we receive from local authorities. We are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide personal care and accommodation. We have a GOOD rating across all standards, and are working towards elevating this further to being recognised as Outstanding.
Our structured day activities include rural and craft workshops, including pottery, woodwork, fabrics and weaving, metalwork, and garden, horticultural and grounds maintenance activities, and animal care, such as chicken and bee-keeping. These provide therapeutic, artistic and work activities promoting the well-being and growth of the people we support. Many of the craft items and produce are sold at exhibitions and local markets acknowledging the value of people’s work, improving confidence, social skills and self-esteem.
Workshops are provided in morning and afternoon sessions, and within our standard offer we aim to provide a minimum of 4 sessions per week, reflecting the interests and choices of each person. Additional sessions are often available for those living at Hapstead, and we also support people from the local community to attend workshops, which are funded individually.
Our residential accommodation is well equipped made up of 6 houses for between 5 and 8 people. Each of the houses provides accessible kitchens, lounge and dining spaces, and individual gardens. People we support have their own bedrooms within which all essential furniture is provided (i.e. bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet, light, etc). People are of course encouraged to personalise their rooms with pictures, photos, objects of interests, TV, etc, and where appropriate we will decorate each person’s room to colours of their choosing.
Each house is supported by a dedicated and trained team who get to know each individual well, and provide consistent and respectful support. Key-Workers assist each person to develop their personalised support plan, identifying their goals and aspirations. We ensure that each person’s health needs are met, supporting medical appointments, and medication administration where necessary. People are supported, to the best of their abilities, through day to day activities to develop their life skills, such as cooking, shopping, finance and travel.
Exercise and nutrition are important to everyone’s well-being, and we support people to grow their own produce and use our surroundings to develop the garden, maintain the woodland, and of course walking activities.
All activities on-site are included within our standard offer. Activities off-site that incur additional costs, for example cinema, horse-riding, climbing, swimming, meals out, holidays, etc, will need to be funded by the individual.
Each of the people we support are assessed to ensure that their needs are fully understood, and that their required support can be met at Camphill Devon.
Assessment activities are tailored to the individual, but are likely to include visits to our site to find out ‘who we are and what we do’, to see some of the workshops to identify interests, and of course to meet others that they may live with, or will be involved in their support. A morning or afternoon visit may be followed by a full day, and attending day activity sessions. As the assessment progresses it may be useful for an individual to have an overnight stay, or longer to assess whether we are the right placement for them.
Following the assessment; subject to the individual’s choice, agreed funding, and a placement being available; a transition process will be agreed with the individual, the funding authority, and those that know the person well to support their move. Transition activities may include engagement with the person’s current placement or family home, and further visits and stays to the person’s new home at Camphill. For some people, a straight forward date to ‘move-in’ is most appropriate, but for others a gradual and phased process may be preferred.
Our standard offer is reflected by a baseline fee which supports our operational costs. In circumstances where further support is required; for example, one to one staff support for someone who is particularly vulnerable when accessing the community; an additional contribution will be required to cover such costs. A level of funding may be required for expenses incurred prior to admission to reflect assessment and transition activities.