Set in the beautiful town of Epsom, in Surrey, the home provides care and support for people with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, including behaviours of concern.
Meaning “sunny house”, Tigh Grianan is a six bedroom Victorian property originally dating from 1865. The location of the house benefits from being surrounded by wonderful countryside parks and rivers, with wooded areas, a golf course and various green open spaces including Horton Country Park, Epsom and Hogsmill nature reserves and Epsom water downs, with plenty of outside areas to enjoy exploring. The house is minutes from the town centre and is easily accessible by public transport. There are cycle tracks and pathways for those that wish to get to places under their own steam.
Tigh Grianan provides individualised care to each person and works collaboratively with external professionals to develop care and support plans around specific needs. Where a specific need is identified that requires a higher level of specialist input, the service makes referrals to the local Learning Disability Team, after which arrangements are made for specialists to visit the residence and work with the home in developing support plans to help meet the identified need.
The service utilises many of the community facilities in the area, giving us a great deal of community presence.
Individuals have designated keyworkers who help to advocate their needs and how they wish to be approached and spend their time; this information is disseminated to all staff so that approaches are consistent and where possible respect the choices that each person makes.
The home has a Dignity Champion who focuses on one of the ten Dignity Challenges on each team meeting, where we discuss on how to meet daily challenges to ensure people are treated equally irrespective of their, disability, race, religion, faith or belief. Each meeting results in us making changes to the way we provide care and we always have a family atmosphere around the home.
There are set-up questions on equality and diversity during the recruitment process, ensuring potential staff understands this topic. The service has a diverse group of people we support and staff team. Staff receive training in equality and diversity and the ethos of the service is to ensure that everyone’s diversity is celebrated and respected. The service ensures that all cultural events, religious festivities and celebrations for individuals are celebrated.
To ensure safety of our individuals is a priority, on-going checks such as health and safety, safeguarding people with special needs, medication are carried out by seniors on shift on a daily basis and reported to the manager. Any actions identified are rectified by the appropriate person as soon as possible.
The service has measures in place to ensure that the quality of service is monitored effectively. We share information and have an open culture with external professionals and CQC.
Staff look for and use innovative strategies to help people gain greater independence. This ensures that we continue to provide an excellent service. The high staffing level at Tigh Grianan enables the people we support to partake in many everyday activities such as trips to the cinema, bowling and getting involved in the running of the home.
There are various places of interest and plenty for our young people to get involved in, such as the local cinema, theatre, libraries, museums and, of course, sports and leisure centres.
There are many clubs available for our young people to take part in if they wish. Epsom benefits from a youth development service that runs youth centres and projects, a riding for the disabled association, Mencap also have a centre in Epsom and there is the North Surrey AFA SIC, which is an organisation for providing activities for people with disabilities.
Epsom has access to local A and E facilities and a hospital as well as many GP surgeries, learning disabilities team, dentists and opticians. This ensures our young people can access anything they may need close by.
The house has a large kitchen area ideal for our young people to get involved in the preparing of their meals, en suite bedrooms and lots of communal lounge and conservatory areas as well as a beautiful sunroom for them to chill out and enjoy. The house has spacious front and back gardens and has views from the front to distant fields.
Staff & Therapeutic Services
The staff team is skilled and experienced to meet the needs of the people using the service. Staffing at Tigh Grianan is of an extremely high standard, and all staff are subject to a full and satisfactory DBS check before working in the home. Under no circumstances will a member of staff start their employment prior to this, or satisfactory references being sought. All staff receive regular training that specialises in our individuals’ needs and requirements and are trained at Care Certificate and Diploma Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
All staff have a six-week induction with the help of a mentor to help ensure staff are better equipped to meet the needs of the people we support and understand how to support them in the correct way whilst ensuring the standard of care we provide is consistent throughout.
The people we support at Tigh Grianan are involved in the recruitment process for new staff if able to and feedback opinions sought from them as this is their home.
All staff receive regular support on a daily basis, we are a friendly team who work together
The people we support at Tigh Grianan have access to a variety of different Therapeutic Services such as aromatherapy, speech and language therapy, music therapy and occupational therapy. See more information on our Therapeutic Services here.
Registered Manager: Julie Oguntuyo
Tel: 0208 7867201