Fairfield House provides a residential, short-break or ‘shared care’ facility for up to 5 children/young people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions, between the ages of 8 to under 20 years of age. The maximum age difference between children in residence does not exceed 10 years at any time, except where there are siblings. The facility provides for single occupancy bedrooms and the home allows for mixed gender.
Fairfield House is purpose built and stands in approximately a quarter of an acre of garden. Fairfield House is positioned on a residential road within walking distance of shops, medical centre, library and leisure centre.
- A large lounge mainly used for watching T.V. and relaxing. The lounge has patio doors leading to an outside play area.
- A large dining room mainly used for mealtimes with patio doors leading to the garden area.
- A spacious downstairs bedroom with en-suite facilities.
- A kitchen area with plenty of space for the children to enjoy baking. Fairfield was recently awarded a Healthy Eating Award by Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.
- A utility room with all laundry facilities.
- A quiet room with a touch screen computer, internet access and stereo system with relaxing acoustic vibration soft seating.
- A soft padded sensory room which is designed to offer both a stimulating and calming environment depending on which equipment is being used. The sensory room is fully interactive and all the equipment can be activated by the children and young people.
- A class/training room with interactive whiteboard and individual mobile workstations used for young people who may be excluded from an educational setting or for dedicated activities and independence skills training. There is a mobile cooking facility to enable cooking skills to be taught outside of the kitchen environment (where kitchen areas are considered too great a risk to some young people). Patio doors lead to the garden.
- An office where daily care plans and other documentation required for each shift are kept. The locked medicine cupboard is also located here.
- A downstairs toilet and wash room.
- An under stairs walk-in storage cupboard and cloakroom.
There is both a lift and staircase to the first floor.
The first floor has four large single occupancy bedrooms which all overlook the garden and are not overlooked by other properties. Each bedroom has adequate drawers, dressing table and wardrobe space. Bedrooms have a combined television/DVD or video and adequate plug sockets to accommodate each young person’s interests/needs. Young people are encouraged to bring their own choice of music and reading material to Fairfield, though some is of course provided. Each bedroom is designed to be easily personalised to each young person’s preferences. Other facilities include:
- 1 large fully accessible bathroom, which consists of w.c., rise and fall sink and bath.
- A wet room with shower, sink and toilet.
- A separate toilet and wash room.
- An office used by the manager and where all confidential documents are securely locked in cabinets.
- A staff sleep-in room.
- Walk in storage cupboards.
Last But Not Least
The garden is large and is laid mainly to grass, though there are two areas that have a rubberised surface and imitation grass to allow for safe play.
Fairfield has swings, trampoline, adapted bike and other outside play equipment. There is also a bar-b-que and picnic table for meals outside on sunny days. Fairfield House adjoins Fairfield Care facility for young adults with Autism known as ‘Springfield’, though all facilities and gardens are separate.
Statement of Purpose available here.