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Monthly Archives: November 2016

SAD…

“After a resident let staff know that she did not like the dark, gloomy winters, Redcroft invested in a SAD Lamp for her bedroom.  SAD Lamps give off bright light that mimics natural outdoor lighting and can help prevent SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which typically occurs in the darker Autumn/ Winter months and can lead to depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. In the short space of time that the lamp has been in use it has already had a big impact on that person’s life. She can often be found sunning herself with a big smile on…

A grand old Edwardian lady…

“Redcroft is a wonderful building.  Its history is as colourful as the paintings that adorn its walls.  It’s been a family home, a doctor’s surgery.  Dating back to the start of the last century, it retains a charm that is inherent in buildings of its age.  We were determined, when we bought the house many years ago, to keep all of the features that made it so unique.  There are servants bells scattered around the house.  I have tried to ring for a cup of tea, to no avail 😉 “There is something magical about…

Big night out…

“We are fortunate to be located a stone’s throw from the wonderful beaches and shops and nightlife of Bournemouth.  Not just for holiday makers, Bournemouth offers all year round entertainment and we took advantage of this recently as we often do.  Cameo Nightclub was the venue for a ‘Big Night Out’ event providing a fantastic opportunity to socialise with others at a night of music and dancing.” “Before Cameo, of course, was our Halloween party to rival all others!  Everyone at Redcroft seemed to greatly enjoy decorating the house in spooktacular fashion, carving…

Supporting Mencap…

BUY MENCAP CHRISTMAS CARDS HERE Tis (almost) the season to be jolly! Christmas cards, do you still send them diligently each year?  I think we all try to reduce and limit the amount of paper wastage as we move towards an ever increasingly paperless society and rightly so. We’re approaching the time of year when Christmas cards drop onto our mat and brighten our day.  More than ever, however, people are announcing that they have opted to donate to charity instead of sending cards. We believe that a Christmas card can say so much more than Merry Christmas…

CCTV monitoring in care services…

CCTV Monitoring Systems Over the recent months we have been gathering information and consulting with our staff and residents regarding the use of CCTV in and around our services. The reason for this and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard the people who live, work and visit our services. We aim to install CCTV systems in all of our homes over the next 12 months. The system of recording is public and unconcealed, the cameras will be on display. There will not be any introduction of covert CCTV. As with any monitoring system that may be new and…

Need an emergency LD placement?

If you need an emergency LD placement, let us throw you a lifeline… We will work with you to ensure that a first class and personalised package of support is in place with as little as three hours notice! People with complex and challenging needs are welcomed as warmly as those who are more independent. LET US PROVIDE A STEPPING STONE FROM RESIDENTIAL CARE TO SUPPORTED LIVING. Consider us to provide a comprehensive transition including life skills and community access safety. CALL US IF YOU NEED A SHORT-NOTICE PLACEMENT OR A LONG TERM ALTERNATIVE. We are here to…

More Bushcraft fun…

We’re excited to be planning for our next bushcraft day.  Following on from the huge success of the last one, residents of Apple House homes decided that they’d like to repeat the experience.  This time, as well as foraging for our food and cooking on the camp fire we build, we’ll be using the woods for materials to create seasonal wreaths and so much more…

The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England…

The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2015/16 looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. It was written by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) through their findings between Spring 2015 and Summer 2016. The report summarises that most services they inspect give ‘good’ care to the people they support even though they may now been doing this with less money to pay for it. It also states that adult care services have been able to maintain quality but that there is concern over…

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