What is Founders House?
Founders House is a new residential service in Alloa opened in July 2018. This service provides accommodation for up to nine autistic adults and include six self-contained flats, all with en-suite facilities. Founders House is all on one level with private accommodation and communal social areas. Enlarged door openings and en-suite shower rooms are just some of the adaptations we have made. There is also a large mature garden which has been transformed for use by all residents.
As the individuals we support get older, their needs change over time and additional health and mobility issues add new challenges. The aim of this new service is to provide accommodation which meets the specific care needs of autistic adults who may live with other health-related issues such as arthritis, limited mobility and sight loss.
One of our supported individuals will benefit greatly from the new service as one of our Autism Practitioners, explains:
“He loves activity and a busy social setting and the communal area within the new service will give him the opportunity to socialise with other people.
“He also enjoys going to the local shops and visiting the local cafes for lunch. These are close to the new service, reducing his reliance on public transport and allowing him the choice to walk if he desires, assisting with his mobility."
We would like to thank all of our supporters and the organisations who have donated to the project so far. In particular we would like to thank Alloa & District Round Table, Ceteris, Inglewood House & Spa, Rangers Charity Foundation and SG Pro Cleaning Ltd for their generous contributions to this project.
As people get older, the risk is that individuals become socially isolated or have to move into a non autism-specific care setting to meet their physical needs. With this new service, we want to create an environment that is fit for purpose now but can also be adapted for the future.