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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Congratulations! You’re a star!

Congratulations and very well done to two team members at Redcroft care home! Tom and Mandy have both achieved their Level Three Diploma in Health and Social Care (loud round of applause!) Skills For Care state: “Skills for Care strongly believes that, when delivered well, these qualifications will provide a capable, confident and skilled workforce. These qualifications will support workers to deliver compassionate care based on strong values and ensure dignity is experienced by all those who need care and support and their carers.” [Read their report HERE] We very proud of both Tom and Mandy and look…

John’s Campaign: The “Third Force” in Residential Care

“Staff [in care homes] should do all within their power to make access easy for family carers and utilise their expert knowledge and their love.” —John’s Campaign We posted an article right here on our blog back in March 2017, about John’s Campaign, about our reasons for signing up to it, the importance of really welcoming families and friends of residents in residential care.  Not doing so as visitors, but as an intrinsic part of the wider team that encompasses the individual themselves, care staff, and the circle of family and friends who…

Social Care: Sleepwalking Into A Crisis?

April 2016 saw the introduction of The National Living Wage (NLW).  We ask: How is this impacting on the cost and therefore the provision of sleep duties in adult social care settings? “Paying for sleep-ins at an hourly rate means that the sector is faced with a real and potentially overwhelming funding crisis.” — Mencap, July 2017 Apple House, as a responsible employer, has been paying its sleep duty staff the NLW since its introduction.  This had a huge impact on our staffing budget.  We, like most providers, see scant if any increases in fees in spite…

Venus Women in Business Awards…

We are exceptionally proud of our own Romaine, Director of Operations, who today went through to the semi-finals of Venus Women in Business Awards! In not one but TWO categories! Now a semi-finalist for Director of The Year and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards, Romaine will progress to the next stage in September.  Jane Montrose, Managing Director, won the Inspirational Woman Award in 2013 and says, “Winning this wonderful award meant so much to me, and I wish Romaine all the luck in the world as she’s a winner to her team already.” Romaine…

National Learning Disability & Autism Awards…

Apple House were so very honoured to be national finalists in The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards! Last Friday Romaine, Director of Operations, and Jane, Managing Director, travelled to Birmingham to the ICC for the gala dinner that preceded a glittering awards ceremony.  Although we didn’t win, the fact that we reached the finals was really something for us!  Everyone there really were winners and completely inspirational. We were entertained by the ultra talented Dance Syndrome who had some incredible moves!  Also entertaining us all was the super funny actress Sally Phillips of Bridget Jones notoriety who…

Social Care: Making Things Better

As CQC release a new report into the state of adult social care, we ask: Are we doing enough as social care providers? “Having carried out over 33,000 inspections of around 24,000 different services, most of the adult social care sector is meeting the Mum Test, providing safe and high quality care that we would be happy for anyone we love, or ourselves, to receive. This is thanks to the thousands of dedicated staff and providers who work tirelessly to ensure people’s care is truly person-centred and meets their individual needs.”–Andrea Sutcliffe…

One Week To Go!

We’re excited to be travelling to Birmingham next Friday for the Finals of The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards! Good luck to Apple House and the other finalists!  We’ll let you know how we get on…

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