An evaluation of the move from hostel accommodation to independent tenancies for people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties Kate Karban , University of Bradford, UK. Aim of the presentation. Provide an overview of the evaluation project and findings
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An evaluation of the move from hostel accommodation to independent tenancies for people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties
University of Bradford, UK
I love it here. I love everything about it, it’s my home… (Mental health tenant)
Comments on more space, a larger bedroom, their own bathroom, and being able to lock the bathroom door. (Learning disability service tenant)
I’m still settling down, but I like the independence, you know. I do like to do my own things, in my own time… [In the hostel] the staff all make decisions for me… [Now] I can make my own decisions… I can manage my own business, in my own time, no hassling, no questioning…
(Mental health service tenant)
Freedom. More say in what you do. (Learning disability service tenant)
…[someone] who within a hostel environment had caused a lot of problems bordering on safeguarding issues.... much more privacy, much more space of her own ..., there seemed to be just a profound shift in her behaviour and her enjoyment of life…
(Mental health worker)
People have actually started to take a pride in themselves. Started to feel more self-worth, that they are worth something. So they’ve started going out and mixing with the community again, feeling that they can go out and when they do go out they feel a lot better. (Mental health worker)
Because he has his own flat, you don’t feel as if you’re intruding, it’s just like he has his own place, whereas at [previous hostel], all he had was his room. I mean staff always made you welcome but it still isn’t the same as being able to shut your front door. (Learning disability family carer)
Some of them are bossy… Just boss me about. They tell me to clean my room.
(Learning disability service tenant)
It’s the same responsibilities and it’s the same customers, just a different address.
(Learning disability service worker)
There may be tweaks here and there to impress the government or to impress ILP, but I believe it will be run along the same lines as a hostel… (Mental health worker)
He’s got quieter. You can see he’s a bit lonely, he just sits there in lounge …whereas before they all used to interact (Learning disability family carer)
But the managers were hands-on, you used to see them every time you went and if you had any problems you could talk to them. Now [the manager is based elsewhere] and you’ve got to make an appointment to see him. (Learning disability family carer)
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