Hello Chelsea,


The OU also run Access modules. These are slightly different to the Access courses run in colleges. Basically, they offer you the chance to study a module, gain academic study skills and see if you can fit in study with work and caring responsibilities.
Hello, My son's social worker rang me yesterday to ask a little more about the situation. The home had contacted him after I spoke to the manager about the situation. I realised, through the conversation, that actually, I do not know how much money my son receives in benefit. I attend to his on line...
Hello, Thank you, Yes, my son can walk. He does go out on his own but he is very vulnerable. The home claims a substantial amount each week for 1:1 support. I do not think he gets a mobility component in his benefit. He gets the supported group allowance of ESA. He has a diagnosis of autism and expe...
Hello, Thank you Chris and Bowling Bun. The more I find out about this caring business, the more confusing it becomes. The information from Mencap was very useful and clarifies the fundamental difference between residential care and supported living. Yet I think there may be issues of what really is...
Thank you for responding so promptly. I have checked and the home is registered as a 'care home', so I think that sort of answers my question. I have been sent a letter which breaks down the charge and explains why it has increased. I think it was just the comment that the accommodation was 'support...
Hello, Just a quick question. My son (20) lives in accommodation that the providers describe as 'supported living'. The ethos of the provision is that individuals work towards independence. However, the local authority class the residence as 'residential care' and charge my son accordingly (requirin...
Thank you Chris.

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Hello, My son will be having a Continuing Healthcare Assessment on Tuesday. I have been invited to the meeting to support him. Does anyone know anything about these assessments? I have read the guidance online and looked at sample assessments and criteria, but I do not think the assessment is design...
Yes, I agree. I feel there is so much wrong here. In fact, my son was saying things that showed clearly he felt his placement was in jeopardy because of his 'behaviour'. It was wrong in so many ways. I think this is why I am finding it so difficult to draft a response. Normally, I will present my so...
Hello, I have posted a few times about my eldest son and his placement. I would just like a little guidance on how I should approach a response to a request from my son's supported living provider. About two weeks ago, I attended a meeting at my son's residence. I was told this was an informal meeti...