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Browsing Tag: Learning Disabilities

How We Use ‘Easy Read’…

“Everyone should be able to access and understand information that affects their everyday lives, including the 10 million disabled people.  Information that is easier to understand helps people to make better choices on issues such as education, employment and healthcare.  It also helps people with learning disabilities to achieve a more equal role in society.”  –– Depart. of Health, ‘Making written information easier to understand for people with learning disabilities, 2010. How are Apple House care homes helping those we support to understand the written information that pertains to them in order to help in their decision making…

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…

Seeking a specialist LD Placement?

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 en-suite first floor bedroom with garden view. Located in Ashley, a small hamlet close to the thriving town of New Milton, the home is close…

Nurture your career with us…

We are now recruiting an experienced support worker for our Hampshire care home, Summerwood. Apple House Ltd is a friendly client focused company established in 2004 and is one of the most highly regarded local independent care providers, offering a wide range of care and support within our homes and the wider community. We are looking for a reliable and friendly individual to help support positive outcomes for service users with a variety of care needs which include autism, complex and challenging support needs, physical and learning disabilities. We work to positively reable service users; promoting independence and dignity underpins…

Join Our Team…

  We are currently seeking an experienced (wake) night support worker to join our team at Redcroft care home in Bournemouth.  Please see our ‘careers’ page right here on the blog and join our dynamic team…

Pets as Therapy…

We advocate the profound benefits of pets visiting our homes.  We are delighted, therefore, to now receive regular visits from dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and now owls too. Pet therapy, or more correctly, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a person’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning –Wiki. In Apple House care homes, AAT is used as part of an holistic aproach to care and support.  Touch, social integration, sight, scent…the benefits of pet therapy are too numerous to…

Caring Through Counselling…

We recognise that people may have times in their lives when they need extra support in their lives to understand and cope with personal situations or difficulties. To support our staff when they need this service we have been referring people to Compass Counselling – A counselling service for the New Forest. Based in Lymington they are an accredited service of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice. They offer a sliding scale of fees according to your income, they try and ensure that no one in need of counselling…

SAD…

“After a resident let staff know that she did not like the dark, gloomy winters, Redcroft invested in a SAD Lamp for her bedroom.  SAD Lamps give off bright light that mimics natural outdoor lighting and can help prevent SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which typically occurs in the darker Autumn/ Winter months and can lead to depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. In the short space of time that the lamp has been in use it has already had a big impact on that person’s life. She can often be found sunning herself with a big smile on…

A grand old Edwardian lady…

“Redcroft is a wonderful building.  Its history is as colourful as the paintings that adorn its walls.  It’s been a family home, a doctor’s surgery.  Dating back to the start of the last century, it retains a charm that is inherent in buildings of its age.  We were determined, when we bought the house many years ago, to keep all of the features that made it so unique.  There are servants bells scattered around the house.  I have tried to ring for a cup of tea, to no avail 😉 “There is something magical about…

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…

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