Derby House is a residential service for up to eight women who have a learning disability, communication impairments, autism and associated challenging behaviour.
We provide personalised support packages and offer a wide range of activities both in the home and within the community. We are located in the quiet, leafy area of St Ebba's in Epsom set within its own large grounds. We are next door to My Time Epsom as well as three other residential homes, which provides many opportunities for socialising.
We provide specialist intensive support to women who have a learning disability and severe challenging behaviour, whose needs can't be met within mainstream services.
We pride ourselves on our person-centred care and our aims are to give people the space to be themselves whilst supporting them to lead fulfilling lives. Our staff are highly experienced and we have several members of staff on duty througout the day, including waking staff at night.
The house itself is purpose built and has a large, well maintained and enclosed garden, indiviudal bedrooms for up to eight people and communal areas such as a lounge, dining area and kitchen. Our communal areas are often used for activities or for relaxing.
Derby House has a skilled and experienced team who provide high quality care and support.
All staff hold a current DBS (formerly known as CRB) disclosure and receive regular statutory and mandatory training, as well as specialist training in communication techniques and other relevant subjects.
We always have staff on duty who are able to administer medication and have waking staff on duty overnight.
We're very happy to give each person the space to decide what they'd like to do and to support them in what they choose. To that end, every person at Derby House has a timetable of varied activities suited to their personal choice, needs and abilities.
Many are aimed at maintaining aspects of daily living and developing skills which promote independence such as simple cookery and gardening. We encourage and support people to take part in the general running of the home and garden. We also provide craft-based activities and a sensory area for relaxation.
As we're located near to MyTime Epsom, which provide the Trust's day services for people with a learning disability, individuals at Derby House are welcome to join in activities there or just pop over for a drink and a chat with friends.
Having a break is important and we take people on short trips out and on holiday. We usually do this as a group and have been abroad several times.
Referrals usually come from local authority care managers. We accept referrals from Epsom & Ewell and the surrounding boroughs, including the London Borough of Sutton.
Once we've received a referral, we usually recommend that the individual and their family/carers come and visit us to get a feel for the service and have a look at our facilities.
We want everyone to feel safe and welcome so making a visit also allows us to get a feel for the person's likes and dislikes.