Blackwood Support and Care Centre supports up to 26 people with learning disabilities aged between 18 and 65.
We offer an environment which encourages individuality and supports people to develop and maintain their independent living skills.
We provide a comprehensive assessment process following admission to identify each person’s goals and needs which focuses on behaviour, cognition and mobility.
Following this assessment, we work with the individual, their family and wider support network to create a personalised care programme which focuses on their progression through the care pathway. Regular review meetings are held where the individual’s progress is monitored and used to inform goal setting.
We support people to take part in an extensive range of leisure and recreational activities including visiting local shops and hairdressers, participating in local community events, excursions in the home’s mini bus, ten-pin bowling, swimming and trips to restaurants. A singer also visits regularly and we have a monthly disco, karaoke events and DVD nights. Blackwood also has twice weekly visits from pet therapy dogs. The activities offered are very much based on the individual’s choice and interests.
Our skilled and knowledgeable staff provide as much or as little support as is required and we look at what people can do, not just what they need assistance with. All staff have specialist training in supporting people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, and receive on-going training throughout the year.
Meal times are an important part of the day at Blackwood. Our experienced catering staff prepare a varied menu of fresh home-cooked food every day, and we cater for individual likes and dislikes from a cultural, religious or choice perspective. Our dedicated life skills co-ordinator can also support individuals if they prefer to make their own meals.
We provide this service seven days a weeks, 24 hours a day for as long as needed.
Resources and Amenities
Blackwood is a purpose-built care centre which is split into two areas. Each area has its own lounge and dining room where artwork created by the people we support is displayed.
All of our 26 bedrooms are ensuite and located on the ground floor. Each bedroom has specially designed washing facilities and people are encouraged to bring their own furniture and possessions to make their surroundings feel more homely and familiar.
Although we have a large laundry area, the people we support have their own laundry room and are supported to do their own laundry if they prefer.
Blackwood has its own private garden with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside where people can sit and relax in the warmer summer months. The garden has sections that are used for gardening as well as playing football and tennis.
This summer we will be building an outdoor farm area where people will be able to help look after the animals. These animals will include hens, rabbits and a goat.
Blackwood Care Centre lies in the heart of South Lanarkshire and is in close proximity to local parks, a theme park, leisure centre, churches and a range of shops. We are located in the combined villages of Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill, easily accessible by car and only 20 miles from Glasgow.