Priory Dixon's Farm

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About this location

Dixon’s Farm is located in Bamber Bridge, in Preston. It offers residential support for six adult males and females, including people on the autism spectrum, and individuals with a learning disability.

Our team support the people we care for by providing a safe and caring environment where learning and living is an enjoyable experience, allowing people to live their life as they wish.

We can also support those who have:

  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mild to moderate behaviour that may challenge
  • Epilepsy

Services at a glance

There are a total of six bedrooms at the site. Of these:
2 are en-suite bedrooms
2 are self-contained flats

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Dixons Farm Wigan Road Preston Lancashire PR5 6AS

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

The main detached, communal farmhouse offers a relaxed, homely environment. The home is split across three floors, is set on spacious grounds, with a large garden for residents to enjoy.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, two of which have en-suite bathrooms. There is also a communal bathroom. In addition, there is a separate annexe, which has a lounge, dining room and activities of daily living (ADL) kitchenettes. The bedroom is on the first floor and has its own wet room. The annexe is able to support people with a higher level of support needs or individuals who are unable to share a space with others.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Utility room
  • Communal bathroom

We also have a very large garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Summer house

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have features such as:

  • En-suite facilities, containing either a bath and a wet room
  • An ADL kitchenette
  • Robust, low arousal furniture

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Dixon’s Farm has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, budgeting and managing finance and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Dixon’s Farm include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychologist

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team to offer support and therapies for the people who live here. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™, including the Life Star and Spectrum Star, to support our residents to achieve their goals.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Dixon’s Farm can be medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Dixon’s Farm has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

We support people to move into their own homes in the community at Priory Supported Living Lancashire.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers
  • Housekeeper
  • Maintenance worker

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Autism specialist training
  • Communication needs training
  • Mental health training
  • Dysphagia awareness training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Dixon’s Farm is a short walk from Bamber Bridge town centre and a 20 minute drive from Preston city centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Nature reserve/national park
  • Church

Transport links

Dixon’s Farm also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop which is a 3 minute walk with links to Preston City and other local areas
  • A train station is a 10 minutes’ walk away
  • A short drive from the M6

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit. For those who are unable to visit their family home, we can support your loved ones with video calls.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. Unfortunately, family members cannot stay overnight. We celebrate birthdays, Christmas and other significant events. We also have barbecue's in the summer and themed events, which are enjoyed by residents and family.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Yes, we strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. Every month families are invited to a meeting at the home, where they will meet with the residents’ support team and hear about recent happenings at the home. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups either in person or via telephone, to ensure families are kept informed.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us are supported to call their loved ones any time, via phone or video call. Family and friends are also able to call as often as they like. Residents are able to have their own mobile phones and are supported by our staff if necessary.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, the front door is locked as you would at your own home. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed. All our residents have access to our wonderful gardens.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

We have a three-week rolling menu which is developed with the help of our residents. The menu can be adapted to offer alternatives where requests are made. We support people with any special dietary requirements and also with eating and drinking if support is needed. Support staff are also trained in managing dysphagia.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry, as part of promoting independence. Our staff are on hand to offer support if and when it is required.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff support and encourage our residents to complete these tasks, to promote their independence. We also have a dedicated housekeeper and maintenance team at the home.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house.

How do activities work?

Every resident has their own activity planner and we also have a daily planner for our support staff to show what everyone is involved in for that day. Plans are based on individual preferences and we also try to encourage people to try new experiences where possible.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. We recognise that people with a learning disability have the same aspirations and expectations as everyone else and should be empowered to achieve these. Some residents have sensory requirements to reduce anxieties, over-stimulation or to assist with emotional regulation, and we will incorporate these needs into their support plans.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Yes, we encourage families and extended support providers to be involved with the care plans. We use a variety of communication tools to work collaboratively with the person we care for to co-produce the plans so they are tailored to their needs. We value this important input from others where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have some off-road parking and there is a nearby layby that offers additional parking.

What is the smoking policy?

We offer a smoking area for residents to smoke or to vape. However, we promote healthy lifestyles and can support residents to engage in smoking cessation programmes. Residents are able to purchase cigarettes at the shops, if this is what they choose.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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