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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…

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…

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…

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…

LD Placement Opportunity…

FREE TRANSITION PERIOD!* We currently have one vacancy of an en-suite room at Redcroft care home available from November 2016. Redcroft is a 10 bedded home for adults with learning disabilities which also benefits from a full passenger lift and large garden.  Redcroft supports individuals with challenging behaviour, epilepsy and complex and phsysical care needs.  The service is located within a thriving community and near sandy beaches and the New Forest and is on main bus routes.   We are staffed by highly trained and experienced carers 24 hours per day.  All staff attend over 20 different training modules including…

LD residential care vacancy…

Across the group, we now have one vacancy at our New Forest home, Summerwood. Summerwood is a specialist residential home for up to 8 adults with learning and physical disabilities, who may also have complex needs and/or needs associated with the autistic spectrum.  Summerwood offers extremely flexible accommodation which can be utilised as either a stepping stone to more independent living or for a high needs service.  We now have available one delightful ensuite first floor bedroom with garden view. Located in Ashley, a small hamlet close to the thriving town of New Milton, the home is close to…

Bushcraft experience…

A first for Apple House care homes, was a day of bushcrafting with Sunrise Bushcraft of Hampshire. “D and J both participated in the bushcraft adventure. Following a nature trail, they identified different leaves and brought home a picture of the leaves that they had collected. Nuts were then collected for use on the fire.Both got involved in making dream catchers and now have them hanging in their rooms. D said that the best part of the day was building a hut from branches and leaves.” –– Jayne Jackson, Apple House care home. James White, owner of Sunrise…

Bushcraft…

Personal integration with nature and the earth – the bushcraft way.  We are delighted to announce that we have commissioned the services of Sunrise Bushcraft to provide adventure days for residents of our homes. Utilising the wonderful forest on our doorstep, individuals will be able to forage for herbs, build shelters, take part in fun activities and really get back to nature! Taking home more than just an experience… From whittling pencils to making dream-catchers to working towards a qualification, our aim is for every person to take something away that is special to them.  Whether it be…

Our summer garden party was an owling success!

“Yesterday, Redcroft hosted its annual summer garden party and BBQ which featured an aviary professional delivering a live display with his barn owl, ‘Biscuit.’ Both Summerwood and Apple house also attended with invitations having been sent to the families of those whom we support across the three homes. This event offered a fantastic opportunity for residents and their families to socialise in their home in a relaxed, familiar environment and also to have the chance to meet new people and to build new friendships.  It was also a chance to show their families all the personal touches…

Strategic planning in LD care…

Strategic Planning: Looking at Operational Goals. The Apple House Ltd Approach: The world of management and strategic planning can be full of jargon-based terms and phrases, which can take the core meaning away from readers who want to see the direction and aims a company wants to work towards. While it is crucial that our company has a clear strategic plan from directorship level, the methods which enable this plan to work through an operational route are key to achieving the common goal. This planning stage will assist the company forward through an ever-increasing demanding economy and climate…

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