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Cornish homes sought to help autistic people live independently

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

Fairfield House in Portreath has four autistic residents. Green Light is looking to buy more, similar properties

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HOMES are being sought across Cornwall to help people with autism lead independent lives.

Green Light, a company that specialises in providing residential care for people with intellectual disabilities, is looking to rent or buy family-size properties.

It currently operates five homes in Holywell Bay, Newquay, Goonhavern, Portreath and Helston and employs more than 100 trained staff, who work around the clock to help its residents “lead as normal a lifestyle as possible, attend college, work, and leisure activities”.

The Redruth-based organisation has seen an increase in demand for its services, and promises prospective landlords competitive rates and a high standard of maintenance.

Sarah Miller, Green Light’s compliance manager, said: “People are often concerned that renting to people with special needs, such as those with autism, will mean that their properties may be damaged.

“This is a common misconception. Our team of dedicated staff are fully trained and well equipped to deal with the challenges that caring for people with autism may present. They ensure that our customers enjoy a stable, fulfilling lifestyle in homes that are managed to a very high standard.”

The homes would be rented for a minimum of five years to give tenants long-term stability, she said. They are registered, regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission, the government’s regulator.

Green Light’s services are commissioned and funded by individuals, their families or health or social care authorities.

Mrs Miller added: “We consider ourselves to be a good tenant as we not only look after the properties but we are reliable with payment and transparent with our services. The reason we like to have a longer period of lease is it can be quite unsettling to have to move people if they are happily living at the home.

“We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the options with any landlord or homeowner who may already be renting their property, or who has never considered renting before, but is looking for long term secured tenants. Our rates are extremely competitive and with demand for our services increasing it is a sound investment.”

For more information visit www.switchedoncare.com or call 01209 200544.

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