Ducks Halt Provides Residential Health Care for Women with Learning Disabilities
Ducks Halt is a five bed residential care home with nursing located in the picturesque village of Kirby Le Soken in North Essex. Ducks Halt supports women who are living with a learning disability and complex needs. This includes people who may have additional mental and physical impairments and behaviours which are perceived as challenging. People may come to Ducks Halt for many reasons. They may be moving on from a hospital setting or may require a service which can support them more than a residential placement. It may be that they are leaving a residential or home setting and require a little support during a difficult period in their life or they could be on a pathway to a place of their own.
At Ducks Halt we believe that everyone should be treated as a full and valued member of their community with the same rights as everyone else. Therefore, our focus is rehabilitation and the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the people we serve, developing trusting relationships and attaining positive outcomes. Service users are encouraged to identify and achieve their own personal aspirations using person centred thinking and approaches. At Ducks Halt we work hard with the people, their families and those closest to them to find out what is important to them and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. This is part of our commitment to use every opportunity we can to hear and act on the views of those we support and those who know and care about them best.
Ducks Halt is homely and we support people to personalise and decorate their room as they would like it to be. It has relaxing living areas and a kitchen for people to prepare drinks, food and snacks for themselves or for people visiting them. There is a large garden with a seating area and space for gardening and other outdoor interests.
Ducks Halt is close to the sea and in particular Clacton beach and all that a seaside town has to offer. There are local bus links to Colchester, Clacton and other outlying towns. Many of the people at Ducks Halt are supported in education at local colleges and some have paid or voluntary work placements.
Our goal is to enable people to structure their time; build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, selfcare, work and leisure as appropriate to their individual needs. Community based activities give people the opportunity to meet others, experience new activities, participate in leisure activities and practice social skills. Activities depend on individual preference and can include a variety of community based and educational choices.
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