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CQC Chief Inspector Congratulates Us!

Ms. Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC Chief Inspector, tweeted us today to say, “Many contratulations.  Please pass on my best wishes to your team and everyone you support.” Ms. Sutcliffe’s tweet followed a CQC national press release today announcing Summerwood care home’s ‘Outstanding’ rating, the highest rating possible.  Following the press release, Apple House Ltd were delighted to be contacted by local press taking up this good news story in an age when, all too often, the care sector is in the spotlight for more negative reasons. Apple House will be holding a celebratory…

Summerwood is rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC

Following CQC’s national press release today, Apple House Ltd is very proud to announce that we have been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Summerwood care home, New Milton, Hampshire. We are delighted that CQC’s report has reflected the ‘can do’ culture which is one of the driving forces behind what we do. It’s a wonderful way for the people we support and all of our Summerwood team to have their home and achievements recognised and commended by CQC, who we see as such a positive national regulator. The rating is a culmination of the…

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…

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…

Learning Disability Awareness Week…

Learning Disability Awareness Week 2017 runs from the 19th June until 25th June. This year’s focus is on employment opportunities for people with a learning disability. Using the online hashtag  #LDWeek17  you can see what is being shared on social media, and keep updated. You can find some more information on how to get involved and some valuable resources on the link below: Mencap https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017…

It’s cool to stay cool: Our Guide to Coping in a Heatwave

How shocked we all were when a strange orange globe appeared in the sky…the sun!  We long for it when it’s wet and cold, when it seems as if English summers really are just a short blip between winter and autumn.  Now that we’re experiencing the hottest days since the 1970s, we are uncomfortable, hot, grumpy. Most of us, though, can manage to regulate our temperatures–ice cold Pimms in a shady spot of the garden or nestled away in an air-conditioned office.  We might be a little sticky, a little flushed…

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day 2017 We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our nurse colleagues and our own nurse team members on this special celebration day. Thank you for all of your dedication and commitment, thank you for all the study you have undertaken to excel in your field and thank you for being a master of so many skills, you are truly appreciated. You can see more about some of the events and initiatives taking place by visiting the Royal College of Nursing site: HERE — Romaine Lawson, Director of Operations…

Please Vote for Us!

The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards will take place on 14th July 2017 at the ICC, Birmingham. About The Awards: The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care. About Apple House care homes: We aim to provide a service which is tailored to meet the individual needs of residents and is driven by the following four key principles: Rights Independence Choice Inclusion We believe that everyone at Apple House care homes should be able…

Careers Open Day…

Summerwood Care Home in New Milton, Hampshire, is the venue for our forthcoming Careers Open Day on Thursday, 11th May. If you are an experienced support worker who is seeking a new challenge with a progressive, forward-thinking company, then we would love to welcome you to our team! Why not pop in for coffee, an informal chat, tour and to meet our team? You will be given a warm welcome, an employment pack and a Golden Ticket which could net you a very cool £100! Clear your diary and don’t miss this exciting event…

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