Care is not just for the elderly, younger people over 18 years old sometimes need nursing and complex care solutions just as much as anyone else.
Medical advances and better care mean that more children with serious illnesses and disabilities are surviving further into adulthood. There is a growing understanding that care for these young people is integrated and coordinated around their needs and the needs of their families.
It is becoming more common for young adulthood to be recognised as an important developmental phase. As a result, any care service should be tailored to meet the needs of this specific group. This means that it is important to find carers who are trained in the specific needs of young people. Care facilities are now recognising the need to offer “transition” support for young people as they move from childhood care towards the adult care system.
Young adult care encompasses a wide range of issues, but will include those with long term illness, severe illness, learning or physical disabilities and mental health issues. For the 40,000 children and young people in the UK with complex physical health needs, there can be many additional problems associated with their care needs.
Whatever the extent of the condition, disability or need, it is important to find right level of care and support for each individual young adult.
For some people, Young Adult Care means living at home with family, or alone, with visits from personal assistants. These may be arranged to occur daily, weekly, or however many as necessary to fit the individual’s needs.
Supported living services can help young adults gain the confidence and life skills they need to realise their potential and build the foundations for truly independent living. This is done by providing a safe and secure environment, where the support and care is tailored to individual needs.
For other young people, specialised 24hour care is a necessity. Young people with a learning disability often find it difficult to cope in their family homes and may need support in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment. In seeking out residential care homes for young adults, a priority is to find a place that feels like home, offering a comfortable, homely environment and the right mix of dedicated support and space for the young person to grow.
Balancing the needs of the individual child or young person, while developing the social dynamics of the community in which they live, will help young adults in residential care develop skills and independence to that can take them further into mature adult life.
For those with attentive and supporting families, it is important that any care home encourages regular contact with the young person in accordance with their care plan. And that the family are actively involved in decision making around the young person’s needs.
The emotional needs and wishes of every young person must be taken into account when planning their care. Understanding and addressing individual needs in terms of age, gender, race, sexuality and disability, as well as meeting specific cultural and religious needs can make all the difference when it comes to providing young adults with stability, a sense of belonging and the ability to explore and celebrate their own identity
Care homes often specialise in providing residential care for different types of young adult need, such physical disabilities, learning disabilities or emotional problems.