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Fernery House is a community-based house in Burnham-on-Sea providing residential care for autistic adults. Our safe low-arousal environment and caring and experienced staff help people realise their potential and work towards increased independence in the community.

Environment and facilities

Fernery House is on the seafront of Burnham-on-Sea. It is a former bed and breakfast which has been refurbished to accommodate seven bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. There are well-equipped communal areas, comprising two large lounge areas, a dining room and a kitchen. There is an enclosed garden area.

Many amenities and leisure opportunities are right on the doorstep: supermarkets, a health centre, dentist, library, theatre and cinema are all within walking distance. The surrounding towns and cities of Bridgwater, Bristol, Taunton and Weston-super-Mare are only a short ride away on public transport.

Leisure and learning activities

At Fernery House, we create an individual timetable of activities in the form of person-centred care and support plans which reflect the likes and needs of the people we support, to help build their skills and increase their independence.

Activities are a mixture of learning and leisure. This will create opportunities to develop life skills such as cleaning, preparing meals, developing independent living skills, shopping and other tasks around the house. The local community offers opportunities for many social activities including visiting the cinema, theatre and local library. There are also many sporting facilities, including a local gym and swimming pool, and many local restaurants, clubs and pubs.

Person-centred approach

We want to encourage everyone at Fernery House to become more independent and have the opportunity to make their own life choices.

Everyone at Fernery House has a named key worker who works closely with them to develop their care and support plan. Our aim is for these plans to reflect people’s needs, preferences and aspirations so that they can participate in every activity and move towards self-sufficient living.

Family, carers, professionals and staff are also fully involved in the person-centred planning process.

Our team

Our staff are all experienced and qualified in supporting people with autism. We use TEACCH and SPELL to create a structured, autism-friendly environment. Communication can be difficult for people with autism and our staff are trained to use a variety of communication methods including spoken language, sign language and visual strategies such as PECS, with the aim of communicating clearly with each person and ensuring their views are heard and understood

How to access our support

Places in our residential homes are usually funded directly by your local authority although other funding sources may sometimes be available. For more information, visit our access page.