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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. …

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 …

What is Autism?

By Andrew Wright, Art Psychotherapist, HCPC reg (UK) BAAT, Mindscape Art Therapy – [Senior Support Worker, Little Amberwood Care Home] What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects an individual’s behaviour and communication. People with autism may lack social awareness, emotional reciprocity and the ability to sustain conversations. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by severe and persistent deficits in social communication and interaction (American Psychiatric Association 2013). In the UK the Autism Act (2009) led to the government producing statutory guidelines for autism. With a clear pathway of diagnosis, where everyone has a right to an assessment.  …

Importance of Creative Activities and Exercise for People with Autism…

Importance of creative activities and exercise for people with autism Introduction At Apple House care homes we strive to advocate 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 …

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, but we know how to make ourselves cooler, how …

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 pumpkins which were put on display, and …

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 meet your …

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 the sustainability …

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 safeguarding. Redcroft …

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 the …