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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Congratulations!

Congratulations to two of our wonderful team members who have recently been promoted to Deputy Manager! We were thrilled to welcome Carly to our management team at Summerwood Care Home, New Milton and Mandy to our management team at Redcroft, Bournemouth.  Carly joined our organisation in 2013 and Mandy in 2015.  Both joined us as support workers, quickly demonstrating their professionalism and outstanding commitment to their roles, their teams and to the people they supported.  It was no surprise then that they achieved promotions to senior support work roles. Having subsequently undertaken ‘acting deputy manager’ roles, both Carly…

Creative Minds…

How Creative Minds artists make a real difference within Apple House care homes: In October 2015, I joined Creative Minds, a social enterprise set up to make art accessible to everybody, including people in care homes and residential homes for adults with learning disabilities. I am based in New Milton and deliver regular art sessions in the surrounding area including Lymington, Christchurch, Lyndhurst and Ringwood, and there are other Creative Minds artists delivering art sessions all around the country encouraging people who find it hard to access other art and craft courses by taking the sessions directly to them. I…

Apple House Joins ‘John’s Campaign!’

Apple House care group are delighted to now be listed as participants of ‘John’s Campaign,’  following our family friendly pledge which can be viewed on their website HERE What is ‘John’s Campaign?’ “John’s Campaign is named after Dr John Gerrard, who died in November 2014 after a catastrophic stay in hospital. Shocked at how much damage disconnection can wreak on people with dementia, his daughter Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones co-founded the campaign with a single, simple principle: We should not enforce disconnection between carers and…

Learning Disabilities and End of Life Care…

Joint Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England webinar Learning Disabilities and End of Life Care. We were lucky enough to secure one of the limited 250 spaces for the Skype and phone webinar held on Wednesday 27th March 2017. The Webinar presentation team consisted of Nicola Bowtell and Professor Gyles Glover, Co-Director, Learning Disabilities Observatory Team PHE, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne Associate Professor in Intellectual Disability & Palliative Care from Kingston and St George’s and Louise Corson and Clare Price from NHS England. By joining, the aim from the speakers was to ensure that the audience would:- Find…

Red Nose Day…

Tomorrow, March 24th, is RED NOSE DAY and we’re cooking up some fun! Summerwood care home will be holding a cake sale in aid of Red Nose Day and World Autism Awareness Week (which is next week but hey, CAKE!) plus there is a sweepstake underway. Redcroft care home are holding a LEGS ELEVEN bingo afternoon on Sunday 2nd April also in aid of the above charities. Apple House care home are holding various fun activities this coming Saturday. As a company, we always match pound for pound any money raised for charity…

World Autism Awareness Week…

With World Autism Awareness Week soon upon us, there is much planning going on behind the scenes at Apple House homes. We really don’t need an excuse to eat cake but, if we did, there would be no greater and more worthwhile reason to do so than to raise money for WAAW. Between 27th March – 2nd April 2017, The National Autistic Society (NAS) is asking people to raise money and awareness so that ‘as many people as possible learn about autism.’  They urge everyone to ‘bake, walk, quiz, collect…until everyone understands.&#8217…

Why we’re changing to Karndean Flooring…

We love the look of real wood flooring. It has that homely, relaxed feel to it that fits so well with our style. Carpets, ugh!  We’ve tried the all-singing-all-dancing bleachable, wool twist, Axminster – you name it.  The problem with carpets is they simply aren’t durable no matter their price tag, at least not in high throughput areas.  This is an ongoing issue where we have high footfall and wheelchair use.  Whilst we love the feel underfoot of carpets in bedrooms, they really don’t cut it when it comes to hallways…

How Apple House Homes are Family Friendly…

It’s very easy to announce that a care home is family friendly, but what does that mean? Historically, care homes and nursing homes followed the hospital model of rigid visiting times.  This in turn meant that families may not have been considered to be intrinsic in the planning of care pathways or, in fact, in the individual’s life inside a care environment.  Today, things are changing for the better but there is always more work to be done. Apple House care homes embrace an ethos of inclusion.  Families and loved ones have a hugely crucial role…

Looking to join a first class team?

If you’re looking to join a first class team and are an experienced care giver, then look no further! Redcroft Care Home is seeking either one or two support workers to fill two waking night shifts per week.  Tuesday and Wednesday nights are now available due to a staff member swapping to day shifts. We offer excellent rates of pay, pension scheme, training, chocolate – you name it, it’s probably included! Redcroft is a ten-bedded learning disability residential home close to the beaches of Hengistbury Head and Southbourne, and the buzzing Bournemouth town centre.  With…

British Institute of Learning Disabilities…

We are proud members of BILD – The British Institute of Learning Disabilities and have been for many years. BILD is an organisation that champion’s people’s rights and enables support. Professor Gerry Simon set up BILD in 1971 because he was convinced there could be better support in the community for people with disabilities.  BILD has been championing the rights of people with disabilities ever since. BILD uses its skills, knowledge and experience to turn policy into practice, solve problems and improve support. In working with Government departments, local authorities, health trusts, service providers and mainstream…

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