Priory Fernleigh House

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About this location

Fernleigh House is located in Leyland, a suburb of Preston, in Lancashire. It offers residential support to six autistic males and females and people with a learning disability.

Our team provide a safe and caring environment for the people we care for where learning and living is an enjoyable experience enabling them to develop as individuals. We believe that a person-centred approach to care and support provides the tools for individuals to live in a more independent setting in the future.

We can also support those who have:

  • Difficulties with communication
  • Moderate to severe behaviour that may challenge
  • Epilepsy

Services at a glance

There are a total of six bedrooms at the site. Of these:
4 are en-suite bedrooms
3 are on the ground floor

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Fernleigh House 1 Fernleigh Leyland Lancashire PR26 7AW

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Fernleigh House is set within a detached property, which has lots of space, and a large garden. The home offers a relaxed, homely environment, and features accommodation split across two floors.

There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, and a further three on the first floor. All the bedrooms are large and have their own en-suite facilities.

In summary, we offer:

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

We also have a large, well-maintained garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Shelter
  • Summer house
  • Vegetable patch
  • Swing

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have en-suite facilities, containing a shower, and robust, low arousal furniture, supporting those with sensory needs.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Fernleigh House 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, accessing the community, and taking part in their hobbies and interests.

Our approach at Fernleigh House includes positive behaviour support (PBS), delivered via our home’s PBS practitioner. We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team, who can support our residents with psychology, psychiatry, and speech and language therapy input.

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Fernleigh House can be transitional, medium or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Fernleigh House 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.

There are potential opportunities for people to move into their own homes in the community as a result of a close partnership with Priory Supported Living Lancashire services.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • PBS practitioner
  • Housekeeper

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

  • Makaton training
  • Communication training
  • Epilepsy training

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About the local area


Fernleigh House is a short drive from Preston city centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • College
  • Park
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Leisure centre
  • Swimming pool

Transport links

Fernleigh House also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop with local transport links which is a three minute walk away
  • A train station which is a 10 minute drive away by car or bus
  • Close to the M6 motorway

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

Fernleigh staff are fantastic, they make sure my child is safe and support his difficulties
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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 aim to create a homely atmosphere and encourage family to come and celebrate special occasions with us, such as birthdays and other annual events.

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. Some people have their own mobile phones and our staff support them to use them.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. We can support people to pick their own furnishings and make their space personalised to them.

Are external doors kept locked?

Due to our home’s location near a main road, the external front doors and garden gates are kept locked. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed. All residents are able to access our spacious garden areas whenever they please.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

People staying with us are all supported to prepare their breakfast, lunch and snacks. Our evening meal is a home-cooked one, taking in to account individual needs. We support people with their sensory needs, make adaptations and offer alternatives as needed. Our team will also seek guidance from family members and nutritionists to ensure that special dietary requirements are catered for where needed.

How does laundry work?

Residents are given help to do their own laundry, as part of promoting independence, utilising our on-site laundry facilities. Our staff are on hand to offer support if and when it is required. Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff support and encourage our residents to complete these tasks, to promote their independence. Our housekeeper also deep-cleans every room weekly, to ensure everyone has a clean living environment.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal or harmful substances onto the premises. We would also ask that people do not bring high risk personal items into the house, although we do encourage people to personalise their spaces.

How do activities work?

Activities are planned according to our residents’ choices and interests. Thorough risk assessments are conducted before any activity. Everyone has a tailored activities planner, which will include both in-house activities as well as visits into the community. Their key worker may use a variety of communication tools to ensure they can have an input into the planning of activities.

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 also have support from a PBS practitioner, who works closely with residents who are displaying behaviours of concern. Our residents’ care plans detail how our team should support them when they are experiencing distress. These plans are reviewed and updated on a regular basis, enabling us to provide the most personalised support to the people who live here.

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, with a car park to the side of the property.

What is the smoking policy?

We don’t permit smoking inside the building, and this includes vapes. Residents can smoke outside, and would be risk assessed to decide the best place for them to go to smoke. They can also be supported to buy cigarettes and vapes at the shops, if this is what they choose. We do encourage healthy lifestyles, and can support residents with smoking cessation programmes.

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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