3 thoughts on “The ATU Story In Pictures

  1. The ATUs look so stark as though they are hospitals for physical health disorders, and yet physical health isn’t looked at properly, often. I know to our cost.
    So they often achieve nothing, mental or physical.
    Bare and colourless and featureless, and sometimes prison-like.
    Even acute hospitals look nicer.
    But no one likes to stay in hospital without real purpose or even when there is a need, so why put really powerless and confused people in them? We at least know why we’re there and when we’re moving out.
    We know our family will come during visiting times every day, maybe twice a day.
    They don’t know if family are coming, why they don’t come, and they get no treatment. How miserable is that for them? If they had a condition that brought them there, then they’ll suffer new conditions from being there.

    They have no safe rooms, such as bouncy rooms with sensory objects where you don’t get hurt. There is little sight of therapy activities, no speech and language therapy, sensory activities, or fun exercise equipment, or even soothing colours and textures.
    There are OTs, and SLTs, and psychologists, but they are are not really working with the patients, as ours didn’t for 18 months.
    It’s often mostly tired and often uncommitted and uninterested support workers that do the work.
    Empty places. Devoid of treatment and devoid of family love – the things we all need to get well.

    And yet we all know that people with autism and LD are so affected by their sensory environment. How could they accept being here? So why design like this? It proves total lack of specialist knowledge.
    And although some ATUs are better, some community services cost a lot more (£5000 in my case) but are just as not fit for purpose, or even worse.

    Our ATU had the same problems as above, and some support staff tried their best, but without any Positive Behaviour Support plan, it was no good.
    The PBS is a large part of treatment.
    Community placements also try to replicate ATUs, and that has to stop.
    Care homes or Supported Living try to get huge fees but fail to deliver and do aren’t really a step-down.

    We need dedicated case studies, and analysis of exactly how a person in a very high level of distress needs care.
    Parents are the experts who need to be the trainers. Services should be services, and not dictators.

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