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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Learning disabilities and leisure time…

We really are so lucky to live where we live.  With the New Forest National Park barely a hop away and sandy beaches within walking distance of all our homes, there is no better place to offer recreational activities and experiential learning to those whom we support. Nestled between the tourist hub of Bournemouth, the coastal harbour of Lymington, the ancient priory town of Christchurch on our doorstep.  The range of things that our residents do, therefore, is diverse.  From horse riding to flying a light aircraft, from water skiing to horticulture–just some of the activities that our residents…

Exchanging ideas…

It’s Team Meeting Day!  Always noisy, always caffeinated and always brimming with exciting ideas to make our services even better…

June charity support…

The month of June sees our Dorset care home, Apple House, supporting British Red Cross.  Holding a scrumptious tea party on June 6th, we are proud to fundraise as part of British Red Cross’s ‘Show Some HumaniTea’ initiative…

Update from Summerwood…

It’s been a busy weekend here at Summerwood 🙂 Solar lights have been added to our sensory garden, which have been a hit with all residents. We also have our hanging baskets up and the veg patch planted with courgettes, peas, beetroot, green beans and tomatoes.   Strawberries and two herb planters are thriving despite a ferocious attacks from slugs! –John Caslake, Registered Manager…

Green is the colour…

Access to gardens can enhance focus and attention, as well as reducing anxiety and boosting self-confidence. Additionally, the garden can be considered a dynamic environment offering diverse opportunities for learning. –[‘Green Spaces – Outdoor Environments for Adults with Autism’ by Katie Gaudion and Chris McGinley.] At Apple House care homes we know that our outdoor spaces are as vital as indoor space for those who reside at our services.  For many years we have actively encouraged residents to take ownership of their garden space, to use it in a way meaningful to them. At Apple House care…

Activities cabin…

We’re excited to be adding a new dedicated activities space to Summerwood care home in Hampshire.  Who doesn’t love the snug feel of a log cabin?  The cabin will be installed this summer and will offer a versatile area for art, performance such as dance and fitness, sensory technology and so much more!  Redcroft in Dorset will also be seeing the installation of their own all-year-round cabin in the autumn…

Let us all be heard…

At the very heart of our work, our ethos, is the desire to facilitate those we support to recover their voice.  Their right to be heard and understood. Being heard is so close to being loved that, for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable. –David Augsberger We take our voice, our opinion, our choices, for granted.  We eloquently express our needs and our viewpoints and know that we are listened to, that the other person ‘gets us.’  The notion that we could be spoken for and on behalf of, that our voice translates not into our wishes…

Alzheimers Research Uk…

Apple House care homes are proud supporters of local and national charities.  We are delighted to now be supporting Alzheimers Research Uk. Receiving no government funding for their research, they are completely dependent on the generosity of supporters to fund their pioneering research programme. “Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes dementia. It is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for about two-thirds of cases in the elderly”–Alzheimers Research Uk. Typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s include: Regularly forgetting recent events, names and faces. Becoming increasingly repetitive. Regularly misplacing items or putting them in odd…

Summerwood now has a vacancy…

Across the group, we now have one vacancy at our New Forest home, Summerwood. Summerwood is a specialist residential home for up to 8 adults with learning and physical disabilities, who may also have complex needs and/or needs associated with the autistic spectrum.  Summerwood offers extremely flexible accommodation which can be utilised as either a stepping stone to more independent living or for a high needs service.  We now have available one delightful en-suite first floor bedroom with garden view. Located in Ashley, a small hamlet close to the thriving town of New Milton, the home is close…

Nurture your career with us…

We are now recruiting an experienced support worker for our Hampshire care home, Summerwood. Apple House Ltd is a friendly client focused company established in 2004 and is one of the most highly regarded local independent care providers, offering a wide range of care and support within our homes and the wider community. We are looking for a reliable and friendly individual to help support positive outcomes for service users with a variety of care needs which include autism, complex and challenging support needs, physical and learning disabilities. We work to positively reable service users; promoting independence and dignity underpins…

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