Priory Mather Fold House

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About this location

Mather Fold House is located in High Walton, a suburb of Preston. It offers residential support for six adult males and females, including autistic people and individuals with a learning disability.

Our staff are dedicated to proving a safe and supportive environment, where individuals are fully involved in their care and support planning, in order to lead a more independent and fulfilling life. We want to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, and are focused on achieving positive outcomes.

We can also support those who have:

  • Mental health needs
  • 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:
4 are en-suite bedrooms
2 are self-contained flats
2 are on the ground floor in the annexes

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Mather Fold House Hoghton Lane Higher Walton Preston Lancashire PR5 4ED

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Mather Fold House is set in a detached, two-storey house, which has lots of space and offers a relaxed, homely environment.

The main house has four bedrooms on the first floor. In addition, there is an adjoining annexe with its own entrance and garden, and a second annexe which is separate to the main house, which has its own outdoor garden.

The two annexes are on the ground floor and have their own bathrooms, bedrooms, lounge and dining areas and kitchenettes. They include robust, low arousal furniture and enclosed wiring.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Well-equipped activities room
  • Utility room
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) kitchenettes
  • Sensory room
  • Communal wet room

We also have three separate enclosed gardens, which include features such as:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Sensory garden
  • Swings
  • Trampoline

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as enclosed televisions and assistive technology for epilepsy monitoring, where needed. In addition, we have vehicles which are adapted with harnesses to meet the needs of the people we support.

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 shower, bath and wet room
  • Robust, low arousal furniture
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) kitchenettes

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Mather Fold 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, health and wellbeing, and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Mather Fold House include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy (OT)
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech and language therapy (SaLT)
  • Psychology

Some of this support is delivered in-house, including PBS and SaLT. We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team, including a community learning disability team. In addition, we use tools such as the Outcomes Star™, including Spectrum Star, to support our residents to achieve their goals.

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


Everyone who lives at Mather Fold 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, which we encourage.


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 is potential for residents to move into their own homes in the community through Priory Supported Living Lancashire.

Our team

Our highly experienced team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • PBS practitioner
  • Housekeeper
  • Maintenance worker
  • Administrative support

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

  • Makaton training
  • Epilepsy training
  • Autism specialist training
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training
  • Specific sensory needs training
  • Communication needs training
  • PBS training
  • Mental health first aid training
  • Epilepsy awareness training
  • Diabetes management 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


Mather Fold House is a short drive from Preston city centre and the neighbouring town of Blackburn. Nearby amenities include:

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

Transport links

Mather Fold House also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Bus stops outside of the house with regular local transport links
  • A train station in Bamber Bridge, which is a 7-minute car journey or 30 minutes by bus
  • A short drive away from the M6

A message from our site leader

I have been working within the care sector since 2011. I love the fact that we're supporting people to achieve their goals, and empowering them to be able to live a fulfilled life and be treated as an equal.

Mather Fold’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I would like to thank you all for the support you have given to me. I really enjoy living here and living in my own flat which has a beautiful garden
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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 often host events such as barbecues, and celebrate birthdays and special occasions, which family and friends are welcome to join.

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

Family and other loved ones are encouraged to be involved in our residents’ care and support, where this in line with the person's preference and any best interest decisions that need to be taken into account. Approaches to how family are involved are agreed on an individual basis, and can include regular meetings or catch-ups via telephone.

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

We have several landlines at the home, as well as tablets that can be used to make audio or video calls. We can support individuals to maintain contact with the people important to them. Some residents have their own phones or tablets and are able to communicate directly with family and friends as they wish.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished, and we will support residents to personalise their spaces to suit their needs and preferences. However, some of the furniture cannot be removed, as it has been designed and included to suit the needs of our residents, for example fitted and robust furnishings.

Are external doors kept locked?

Due to the nature of the service, exterior gates are kept locked. However, every resident will be risk assessed which will detail the level of security needed. We have three garden areas, which also have keypad locks.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

We create menus by understanding individual preferences, and residents are encouraged to be involved in planning. Alternative meals are always available where needed, and snacks and beverages are available at all times. We support residents to be involved in food preparation and cooking, and to maintain healthy and varied diets, in line with their individual support plans.

How does laundry work?

Mather Fold has a utility room with laundry facilities, which residents are encouraged to use as independently as possible. Our staff team are on hand to offer support, if and when it is required, and will ensure that residents have access to clean bedding and clothes.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Our staff team support and encourage our residents to play an active role in maintaining the home, as part of their activities of daily living. We also have a dedicated housekeeping and maintenance team at the home, who undertake general cleaning and maintenance duties.

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. Other items will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives here.

How do activities work?

Each resident has their own activity planner, which will include activities that they wish to take part in individually. Plans may also include activities with others, where desired, and to support building relationships. We also look to encourage individuals to try out new experiences, by working with them to explore different opportunities, such as educational courses and other pursuits.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We work closely with our positive behaviour support (PBS) practitioner, who spends dedicated time in the home to observe and understand individual needs, and to ensure that care plans are effective and up-to-date. In addition, we use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention, aiming to reduce and eliminate restrictive practices.

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 important input from others within our residents’ circle of support, including family members, where appropriate.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is off-road parking available outside the home.

What is the smoking policy?

We have a designated area outside for residents to smoke or to vape, and they can be supported to purchase cigarettes or vapes at the shop, if this is what they choose. However, we do promote 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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