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Conifers is a specialist short-break respite service for adults with moderate to profound learning disabilities and/or autism. For the carers and families seeking a break, our commitment to delivering high quality care is a guarantee that should provide them with piece of mind when entrusting their loved ones to our care.

Each guest room is a bright, positive space where individuals can feel safe, cared for and supported. Our guests are encouraged to make their room their own during their stay by bringing favourite items such as family photographs. This helps to promote a feeling of calmness and security.

Following an individual assessment, a detailed care plan with up-to-date information, including risk assessment, is put together by our team. Our care plans are then shared with the individual, their family and carer for verification and agreement.

“We can fully relax in the knowledge that our son is happy, safe and well cared for.”Parent

We want the individuals in our care to enjoy their break with us. That’s why we offer a variety of activities for our guests to enjoy and to choose from. These include community outings, group activities, sensory therapy, 1:1 activities or just relaxing indoors by listening to music.

Individuals are welcome to visit Conifers with their family or carers to familiarise themselves with the environment and meet with members of our team before their stay.

Guest profile

  • Adults, aged 16+
  • Profound or moderate learning disability
  • Guests may present with:
    • Physical disabilities
    • Tracheostomy needs
    • Complex body postures
    • Epilepsy
  • Guests may require:
    • Medication management
    • Oxygen therapy
    • Specialist interventions such as PEG or NG feeding

Our service at a glance

  • Week and weekend respite availability
  • Emergency provision
  • Social and leisure activities
  • Support for religious preferences
  • Day and night personal care
  • Supported independent skills
  • Sensory room
  • Arts & crafts
  • Baking groups
  • Community outings

Our community links

  • Elvaston Castle & Country Park
  • Derby Assembly rooms
  • Westfield Shopping Centre
  • Buxton Museum
  • Matlock
  • Local cinema, restaurants and pubs
  • Derby town centre
  • Leisure centres