Celebrating the positive

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……………that’s exactly what we have been doing recently.

 

 

The support teams within the Liaise homes have been “Focusing on the positive in those we support”. The use of the ASDAN Towards Independence Programme has enabled the homes to “Create a positive learning culture” in which everyone is aware of “clear, shared goals” with regard to individual’s interests and consequent learning opportunities. The consistent, regular practice of these clear, shared goals over the last year has resulted in a number of individuals achieving their ASDAN Awards in their areas of special interest – namely cooking, art and sensory activities.

Recently, Andrea Ede, Learning and Development Manager, and Linzi Holt, ASDAN Co-ordinator, joined these learners in Applelea, Cornview, Sansa House and Baytrees and presented them with their ASDAN certificates – some rather lovely cakes were also shared!

  Cornview     Applelea     Baytrees     Sansa

There was a joint celebration. This learning would not take place without the consistency of learning support from the support teams in the homes. To show Liaises’ appreciation of the commitment co-workers have put into getting ASDAN running in their homes, co-worker teams also received certificates.

Moving Forwards

Despite the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which has not done anything to plug the funding gaps in the generally rather precarious social care sector, we are still moving onwards and upwards!

So, this week, we are completing on two new homes in Basingstoke. They are two neighbouring bungalows, each suitable for 1 or 2 individuals.

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With these properties, we are continuing our move to provide even more personalised home environments for those people we support.

Shortly, we will begin refurbishing these two properties around the needs of the individuals moving in. It our plan to have them both open by April 2016 – sooner if possible!

And Marika 3 is getting close to its finish as well. This 1 person unit in the grounds of Marika has been specifically designed around the needs of one individual who is looking forward to spending Christmas in their own, new home.

With these new units, comes all of the other activities within the Company, as we grow to support another four people.

So, the HR team and Care Management Team are working together to recruit and train more co-workers, both support workers and unit leaders, making sure that we have yet more great co-workers across the organisation, both in Romsey and Basingstoke – checkout our recruitment pages for more information over the next few months.

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Our ever diligent maintenance team will have yet more locations in which to provide support to make sure that the environments are working as they should.

Experienced managers are working together to manage new referrals, conduct in-depth assessments, develop clear proposals and possible transition plans. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about any vacancies across the organisation.

We are looking forward to a great 2016 within Liaise – and have another few projects in the pipeline that we hope to share with you next year!

Liaise Loddon Co-worker Awards Evening

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Managing Director Deborah Cornick & Chair of Directors Marion Cornick

We hosted our annual co-worker awards at the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke last week.  Over 100 co-workers  were joined by The Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Councillor Ann Court, ex England Cricketer and Managing Director of local business Cotton Graphics Shaun Udal and our founder and Chair of Directors, Marion Cornick.

Speaking ahead of the awards, our Managing Director Deborah Cornick said: “Every day, our extraordinary team each change the world in small but significant ways. They create safe, stimulating and fulfilling homes for the people we support.  They give the people we support the power to take as much control as they can to live happy and fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

“Liaise Loddon is only as good as our co-workers.  They’re the ones delivering the care  day and night.  We could not make such a positive difference to the people we support without their hard work and commitment.  It is important that we recognise their hard work.”

A number of awards were presented ranging from Best Newcomer to Service In the Community.  Winner of Service in the Community Award, Siobhan Phillips who also volunteers for St Michael’s Hospice shop in Basingstoke said: “It means a lot to be recognised.  I have lots of emotions.  It’s fantastic.”

Winner of two awards on the night, Spreading the Word and Promoting Wellbeing, Sam Kitojo said: “It’s great.  I couldn’t have done it without my team’s support.  The award is under my name but it is for everybody I work with.”

Founder, Marion Cornick also presented the local Mayor with a donation for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.  Marion said:  “I would imagine everyone in this room has been touched by cancer, whether it is knowing someone going through it or having lost someone to it, but we are delighted to support Ark Cancer Centre Charity this year.”

Celebration room

A Big Adventure For Willow Tree And Baytrees

Willow Tree Lodge and Baytrees House had an exciting day out on July 14 – they went off to the Queen Elizabeth II Activity Centre for the day.

It was a gloriously hot, sunny day down near Southampton – so there was a lot of suntan lotion, and the local pub beer garden did a roaring trade at lunchtime.

The people we support had great fun exploring a whole lot of activities – but archery was probably their favourite. H won the golden arrow with a whopping 120 points…

But L gave her a run for her money and scored a bullseye with one shot.

The motorboat proved to be a big hit too, with P and H both discovering a hidden talent at motorboat piloting.

P impressed us all on the climbing wall when he made it all the way to the top and rang the bell.

But the coolest dude of the day must have been G – who bypassed most of the rope course in favour of chilling out on a particularly comfy-looking tyre.

Everyone had a fab time – but trips like this are about more than just having fun.

A big part of what we do is making sure the people we support – people with severe autism – can play a fulfilling and meaningful role in their communities, and in society in general. This type of activity gives them the chance to do the stuff that we all take for granted.

They learn new life skills, absorb new experiences, and strengthen relationships.

Runner Bean Walls and Feta Cheese Salad at Sansa House

Everyone living at Sansa House has made super progress with the sensory garden – and they’ve even started serving meals from the raised beds.

One of the people we support planting spinach in a raised bed

Planting spinach

After spending time planting out the beds, we’re being rewarded with beautiful colours, delicious scents and tasty treats.

Just two weeks after planting, we’ve already harvested some of the spinach. It went into a truly delicious spinach and feta cheese salad. Yum!

Raised beds with purple flowers, herbs and spinach

Colourful raised beds

Elsewhere in the garden, the runner bean walls are coming alone well.

TD created a trellis from bamboo sticks, which will form the framework for the runner bean walls.

One of the people we support pushing bamboo canes into the ground

TD creates the trellis framework

The runner bean wall framework is up

Looking good!

Next, KG, TD and LH got planting. The runner bean seedlings went in safe and sound. TD gave them a good sprinkling of water – and there’s a job well done!

The people we support planting runner bean seedlings for the trellis wall

In go the runner beans

We’re looking forward to seeing progress, and we’ll be sure to update you. We’ll also be cooking up a storm with runner beans before the summer’s out – so keep an eye open for our runner bean recipes.

Sansa House goes paperless – and discovers a new use for iPods

Did you know that iPods are good for much, much more than simply playing music?

We didn’t – until recently. But now they’re changing the way we do things at Sansa House and they’re a big hit with everyone: the people we support, our staff, and our directors.

A few months ago, we took up a free trial of Person Centred Software. We were impressed, so it’s just gone live at Sansa House.

So far, the staff are really positive and believe that it’s a great modernising step for them. It also makes their jobs simpler, because they’re able to more easily monitor the people they support. Plus, there’s much more space for diary entries so there’s much more information available about the people we support and everyone can access it.

What does Person Centred Software do?

Person Centred Software (PCS) created Mobile Care Monitoring, which gives staff more time for care – because they spend less time on administration and they have more information about the people they support when they need it.

Essentially, it gives us a better picture of how the people we support spend their days and nights. And that allows us to keep improving their lifestyles.

And how do iPods fit in?

At Sansa House, we’ve chosen to use PCS with our iPods. The software sits on the iPods and goes everywhere with our staff. It’s proving really useful for all kinds of things, from the vitally important stuff right down to little fun touches that make everyone smile.

Measuring happiness and keeping everyone in the picture

Carly sits on a chair studying her new iPod.

Carly gets to grips with the new monitoring system

We’re using our new system to measure happiness every day, with positive monitoring. They make it easy to analyse participation in activities over time, so we can build a picture of our service users’ lifestyles. Identifying trends and patterns means we can tell who takes part in what, and find out which activities each individual prefers. That makes it very easy to create tailored programmes for all the people we support.

All our service users’ schedules are on the iPods now, and the staff are find that extremely useful. They can easily:

  • Check which tasks are upcoming for each person they support
  • Flag important tasks, such as when medication is due
  • Add extra information about each service user as and when it comes up
  • Take more pictures! The iPod camera is easily accessible, so we’re taking many more photographs of the people we support doing the things they enjoy (and they love photos of themselves)

But perhaps most exciting is the fact that all this information is available to ALL registered users through a weblink. Liaise’s managers and directors now have a full and immediate picture of what’s going on at Sansa, so they can make sure that all staff have everything they need.

In every industry, there tends to be a gap between management and the people who work in the field. Our gap was pretty small anyway – but now we’re hoping to close it completely. It’s so important for everyone in the organisation to feel involved in our everyday activities and stay close to the people we support.

The verdict? So far, we’re loving it! Watch this space to see if we roll it out to all our houses.

If you’d like to know more about how we’re using Person Centred Software, just give us a call on 0845 094 9295 and we’ll happily talk you through it.

And remember to sign up to our free newsletter if you haven’t already – we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news from our homes, and advice and information about autism and learning difficulties.

How to create a sensory garden with herbs and vegetables

Do you remember our sensory garden project at Sansa House?

Last month, we built some raised beds and made great progress. This month, we’ve started planting…

A Sansa House service user is using a trowel to plant some mint.

We’ll be able to add tasty extras to our meals soon

Some of the people we support have been planting herbs and vegetables including lavender, sage and rosemary. The idea is that the garden will smell gorgeous as well as providing us with veggies for the dinner table.

Everyone is rolling up their sleeves to get involved with this project. When the people we support help to create their own environments, they feel more connected to it. Plus, of course, they learn new skills.

A service user in pink trousers kneels with a trowel to plant herbs.

One of the people we support is getting to grips with planting seedlings

Staff at Sansa House and the people they support will be having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower – we’ll have photos of that soon, too.

So what’s next in the sensory garden?

We’ll be creating a living wall from woven bamboo and runner beans to section off the garden. Tune in next month to see how we did it, and how you can do the same in your garden.

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End Polio Now Day

Service Users and staff dressed up in red to show their support for a campaign from The Rotary Club to eradicate polio. Up to 28 residents from Liaise Loddon’s seven care homes for people with autism and learning difficulties joined in the fundraising drive.

Basingstoke’s Annual Disability Awareness Day

This month we are joining many other local groups in Basingstoke for the Annual Disability Awareness Day. Come along to Festival Place where you will find advice and information from a range of organisations supporting disabled people.

When: 20th October 2010, 9.00am to 5.30pm
Where: Porchester Square, Festival Place, Basingstoke

For more information please contact us directly or  The Basingstoke and District Disability
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