Every life holds opportunity
We believe that wherever possible, everybody should have the chance to live in a home, in a community, with access to life’s opportunities. For those with challenging behaviour, this hasn’t been an option, but instead a way to define them and limit their access to the right support.
Up to 40% of people with learning disabilities will experience mental health issues, with the prevalence of dementia much higher amongst older adults aged 65+ compared to the general population: 21.6% vs 5.7%. These facts, coupled with the communication difficulties so many people experience, help explain why challenging behaviours, including aggression, destruction and self-injury, are shown by 10%-15% of people with learning disabilities. They also explain the emphasis we put on ensuring our staff have the talents, the training and the sense of shared humanity that they need to ease people’s distress, calm their anger, and teach the skills so that lives can be lived.