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STOMP…

STOMP: Stopping over-medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both. In 2015, NHS England published reports highlighting the widespread inappropriate use of antipsychotics and other medicines used to treat mental illness in people with learning disabilities.  And, following these reports, NHS England led a ‘call to action’ which brought together representatives of professional and patient groups to make sure changes were made to these bad practices. ‘It is estimated that every day about 35,000 people with learning disabilities are prescribed psychotropic medicines when they do not have a diagnosed mental health condition, often to…

Winter Flu Jabs ~ keeping those bugs away!

Championing the winter flu jabs! Today I went to get my winter flu jab. We think that it is so important to have the immunisation on offer and to provide all of the information available in order to assist in keeping our teams and people we support as healthy as possible. The immunisation is available across the country in pharmacies and GP surgeries. I went to my local Boots today and had a consultation with the pharmacist, Vera, who was really helpful. Pharmacist are experts in medications and are brilliant at explaining exactly what you can expect from the immunisation…

Macmillan: Having Our Cake and Eating It!

The world’s biggest coffee morning… We are delighted to again participate in Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.  Apple House care home hosted theirs this morning: cake baking and cake eating were the order of the day!  Jayne Jackson, Registered Manager, says, “It was lovely to see children here this morning, who had great fun picking up the apples that had freshly fallen from our tree.”  We suspect the apples might not have been quite as tasty as the cakes but definitely offered a healthy alternative! Apple House Ltd…

The Joy of Dance…

Anjali. The professional dance company with a difference. ‘Anjali is a dance company with a difference – all of its performers have learning disabilities. They are currently in training with top choreographers ahead of a Uk and world tour.’ –BBC News, Sept 2017. Watch Anjali on the BBC HERE! Anjali are one of many dance companies springing up around the country aimed at and formed by dancers with learning disabilities. They really are showcasing the joy of dance! Dance is perhaps one of the oldest ways of expressing ourselves, emotion playing a large part in pushing our…

Taking to the skies to celebrate a milestone…

Apple House care home were thrilled to facilitate a milestone birthday wish for one of its residents recently! When Mr G hit the wonderful age of seventy it was his wish to have a helicopter ride.  Mr G is no stranger to such exhilarating and daredevil antics–we previously watched in awe as he took to the skies again, this time piloting a small airplane.  We also watched from the water’s edge as he water-skied like a pro. We asked Mr G what he could possibly plan for his 71st birthday next year: “Parachute jump…

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…

Launch of ‘Quality Matters.’

Over 100 people representing organisations and national adult social care stakeholders joined the CQC  to mark the launch of the Quality Matters commitment. As it says in the document, ‘The quality of adult social care matters. It matters because people who use services should be able to expect person centred care that is safe, effective, caring and responsive. This care should be supported by good leadership and sustained by good use of resources.’ The document sets out a shared commitment to high-quality, person centred adult social care. It has been produced to make a difference in care…

Have your cake and eat it…

Our team called to request cakes this morning. They wanted them now, and they wanted them delivered! So we did! 😉  #HappyTeam #FeedMe #MakingDreamsComeTrue…

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…

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