The Importance of Creative Activities and Exercise For People With Autism

Introduction At Apple House care homes we strive to support residents to lead a healthy lifestyle and to be as independent as possible. We provide access to a programme promoting healthy living and wellbeing, with home cooked fresh food, regular exercise, and creative activities. This article outlines why it is important to give people with autism the opportunity to take part in creative activities and regular exercise. Challenges for people with Autism For people with autism, you may notice that they can have challenges in interacting in social situations as it can be overwhelming at times with direct verbal communication. …

We are a Mindful Employer

We are delighted to have signed up to the ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health.’ The Charter serves as a statement of our organisation’s commitment to supporting staff mental health and wellbeing, and underpins our ethos of creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture. Established in 2004, Mindful Employer is a UK wide initiative run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Providing employers with easier access to professional Workplace Mental Health training, information and support, the initiative aims to help empower employers to take a lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff. By signing the ‘Charter for Employer Positive About …

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. For our …

Congratulations to our new Registered Managers!

The Apple House team is thrilled to announce that both Sharron Eyears of Redcroft and Mike Seabrook of Corner Cottage have achieved registration with CQC and are now Registered Manager of their respective service. Welcome to the RM team! — Jane, Managing Director. …

Congratulations To Carly!

Carly Houghton, manager at Summerwood care home in New Milton, Hampshire, has rightly been shortlisted as a finalist for the Learning Disabilities and Autism Manager Award. And we couldn’t be more proud of Carly’s achievement in reaching the finals which will be held in Birmingham this month. Apple House actively encourages all of its team to strive for and achieve their professional goals within our organisation. Joining us as a support worker, Carly’s dedication and excellent professional practice led her to achieve senior support worker, deputy manager and registered manager status. What an achievement! We wish Carly all the luck …

Tulips of Amsterdam

Sally, Strategic Manager, has just fulfilled a long-held ambition to ride 1,000 miles to Amsterdam and back on a motorbike! We couldn’t wait to share her fabulous photo of the beautiful tulips (copyright Sally Fox). What better way to enjoy this spring day than a view of tulips, we hope you enjoy it. Well done, Sally on achieving your dream! — Jane M. …

Your Right To Be Heard…

At the very heart of our work, our ethos, is the desire to facilitate those we support to recover their voice.  Their right to be heard and understood. Being heard is so close to being loved that, for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable. –David Augsberger We take our voice, our opinion, our choices, for granted.  We eloquently express our needs and our viewpoints and know that we are listened to, that the other person ‘gets us.’  The notion that we could be spoken for and on behalf of, that our voice translates not into our wishes but into …

Merry Christmas!

Starting the Christmas period in true festive style was Elf Romaine, Director of Operations, and her husband, Ralf aka Father Christmas. FC and his elf drove the sleigh to each Apple House care home yesterday, bringing with them great cheer (and chocolate gifts). A tradition spanning the last seventeen years, I, Romaine and our respective families love nothing better than our annual Elf ‘n Safety visits and it was so wonderful this year to be less restricted by Covid measures. May we take this opportunity to wish you, our teams, residents, families, local authority partners, GPs, community teams, local suppliers …

Her Majesty The Queen

1926 – 2022 It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At Apple House Ltd, we remember and give gratitude to Her late Majesty for a lifetime of devoted service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. God Save King Charles III. …

Our Training Principles…

“Apple House Ltd believes that its employees represent its greatest asset.  By providing opportunities, facilities and financial support for training, the service aims to ensure that all of its employees are in possession of the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform their jobs to the highest standard.  To this end, the service is committed to functioning as a learning organisation, providing all of its employees with the opportunity for training and re-training in accordance with their own needs and that of our homes. Without a skilled, committed and well-trained staff team, the service cannot possibly succeed in its aim …