Shaping The Future: What is ARK Doing?
We are continually adapting to suit the needs of our service users, whilst ensuring we stay true to ARK's fundamental guiding principles and any updates to relevant regulations or legislation.
Below are some of the most recent changes we've made.
Making the transition to Self-Directed Support
As of April 2013 - All people in receipt of community care services, or assessed as needing one, must be offered SDS before other options are considered. We are working with our service users to ensure they understand their options.
Read more about Self-Directed Support
Delivery of Specialised Autism Services
We have designed buildings specifically to suit the needs of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Through joint working with local authorities, families and other professionals, comprehensive assessments have been carried out to ensure service users have the right levels of support.
We are now in a position to deliver Autism specific services and are able to improve the lives of individuals through better housing and better support from well-trained, competent and confident staff teams.
Read more about our Autism services
Transition from Residential Care to Individualised Living
- We carry out a full Support Needs Assessment.
- We Liaise with Multi-Disciplinary Team in a shared approach for the development of Positive Risk Taking Assessments, which focus on achievement and outcomes for service users.
- We develop Positive Outcome Support Plans to provide consistency in support and to measure achievement stepping stones.
- We have agreed multi-disciplinary protocols and support tools, for example communication tools.
- We have engaged in transitional planning with local authorities including Stornoway, Moray, Perth & Kinross, Fife, Edinburgh, Clackmannan, Falkirk and East Lothian.
Read more about our Transitions services
Providing Services for those with Learning Disabilities and Dementia
- We have developed a person-centred service in a housing support model to enable people to remain independent for as long as possible.
- We support people to live well with Dementia by using person-centred support tools and approaches and by providing a person-centred end of life service.
- We have designed the environment to be “Dementia friendly” and invested in the Learning and Development of staff.
- We’ve used research to promote best practice in Learning Disability and Dementia support.
Read more about our services for people with Learning Disabilities and Dementia
Offering a Respite & Short Breaks Service
Grange Care Home is situated in Grangemouth & was built/commissioned in 1990 in order to provide Respite Care at the level service users require, in order to ensure they are able to maintain their independence & continue to develop their skills.
Respite Support provided includes all daily living skills, personal care & social support. Short Breaks are provided utilising a flexible & person-centred approach.
Since April 2013, Ark have provided over 30 Service Users with the Short Breaks Service in 6 locations.
Find out more about our Short Breaks services.